Author(s) Westermeyer, Joseph
Year 1982
Title Amok
Published in Friedmann, Claude & Faguet, ‎Robert (eds.): Extraordinary Disorders of Human Behavior; Plenum Press, New York.
ISBN 9780306408755
Pages 173–190
DOI 10.1007/978-1-4615-9251-8_10
Abstract Amok — a Malay term referring to homicidal assault — has been reported to the Occidental world by travelers to India and the Malay Archipelago from the 16th century up to today (Norris, 1849; Oxley, 1849; Spores, 1976). Amok (also written “amuk” or “amuck”) has long been known in Malay and Indian folklore as a special type of violent behavior, either common enough or important enough to acquire a specific term for it. Over the last several decades, British physicians in Malaysia and Singapore (Ellis, 1893; Gimlette, 1901; Abraham, 1912; Galloway, 1923) and Dutch physicians in Indonesia (Van Loon, 1926-27; van Wulffton-Palthe, 1933) have described the amok phenomenon in great detail, usually including case histories.
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