Morgellons Disease: The Spread of a Mass Psychogenic Illness via the Internet and Its Implications in Hand Surgery

@article{Nunziato2021MorgellonsDT,
  title={Morgellons Disease: The Spread of a Mass Psychogenic Illness via the Internet and Its Implications in Hand Surgery},
  author={Carl A. Nunziato and Brent M. Egeland and Andrew Gurman and Steven L. Henry},
  journal={HAND},
  year={2021},
  volume={16},
  pages={NP5 - NP9}
}
Somatic manifestations of mental illness sometimes occur in patients presenting to hand specialists. These conversion disorders can also occur in groups, a phenomenon known as “mass psychogenic illness.” The increasing penetrance of the Internet and social media in modern society has greatly facilitated the interaction of patients with others with similar disorders. One example relevant to hand surgery is “Morgellons disease,” a disorder popularized in 2002 and characterized by a firm belief in… 

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