Author(s) Burton-Bradley, Burton Gyrth
Year 1968
Title The amok syndrome in Papua and New Guinea
Published in Medical Journal of Australia, Vol. 1, No. 7
Pages 252–256
Also published in Burton Bradley, B. G.: Psychiatry and the law in the developing country - With special reference to the Territory of Papua and New Guinea; South Pacific Commission, 1970. (pp. 22–64)
Also published in Burton-Bradley, B. G.: Longlong - Transcultural psychiatry in Papua and New Guinea; Public Health Dept. Port Moresby, 1973. (pp. 63–81)
Also published in Simons, Ronald C. & Hughes, Charles C. (eds.): The Culture-Bound Syndromes - Folk Illnesses of Psychiatric and Anthropological Interest; Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dodrecht, 1985. (pp. 237–250)
ISBN 9789027718587
DOI 10.1007/978-94-009-5251-5_22
Abstract Kipling was perhaps a little premature, for the twain have met in more recent times with the Judgment Seat still in the offing, and nowhere is this more apparent than in the case of the exotic syndrome stripped of its mystique under the penetrating onslaught of modern behavioural science. Thus we find such entities as latah, koro, hsieh-ping, imu, possession syndromes, and mass hysteria with a variety of romantic-sounding names (for example, “Vailala madness” and “mushroom madness”) coming down to earth with nosological statuses more in keeping with known psychiatric concepts. It is proposed here to give an account of the Papua and New Guinea version of the amok syndrome which to date has received little medical attention, and to produce evidence to support a sociopsychodynamic explanation of the condition.
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