mass psychogenic illness


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mass psychogenic illness

n.
The occurrence of psychogenic illness in a group of people at the same time. Examples include the biting manias and dancing manias that spread throughout parts of Europe between the 1200s and the 1600s.
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Understanding genital-shrinking epidemics in West Africa: koro, juju or mass psychogenic illness? Cultural Med Psychiatry 2005;29(1):53-78.
Mass psychogenic illness following tetanus-diphtheria toxoid vaccination in Jordan.
In analogous situations, some features usually appear as part of what medical literature calls "mass psychogenic illness" or "mass hysteria".