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A Victorian Millinery Catalogue from 1896. Mad hatter disease, or mad hatter syndrome, is a commonly used name for hatmakers whose felting work involved prolonged exposure to mercury vapours. By the turn of the 20th century, mercury poisoning among British hatters had become quite rare.


Hat making in the past exposed many workers to toxic mercury, and the condition was officially known as "mad hatter disease." Hatter's shakes, or tremors, were common in both the US and Europe.