Robert E Bartholomew

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BACKGROUND Episodes of mass sociogenic illness are becoming increasingly recognised as a significant health and social problem that is more common than is presently reported. AIMS To provide historical continuity with contemporary episodes of mass sociogenic illness in order to gain a broader transcultural and transhistorical understanding of this(More)
Epidemic hysteria, known by multiple synonymous terms, including mass hysteria, mass psychogenic illness, and mass sociogenic illness, has been defined as a constellation of symptoms suggestive of organic illness, but without an identifiable cause, that occurs between two or more people who share beliefs related to those symptoms (1). Rather than being(More)
In October 2011, several adolescent girls at a high school in the town of Leroy, New York (pop. 7641), spontaneously developed facial tics, muscle twitching and garbled speech. By early January 2012, it was revealed that the New York State Health Department had diagnosed the students (by now, 14 women and 1 man) with conversion disorder. News of the ‘mass(More)