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A critical review of Chinese Koro.
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PMID:  8740959     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Koro is generally considered a culture-bound psychiatric syndrome, the dominant feature of which is anxiety or dissociation. A close examination of koro epidemics in China, where koro cases appear to be more frequent than other parts of the world, shows that koro has a sociocultural component which has not been sufficiently taken into account in previous formulations. This article analyzes koro in the natural environment in which it appears and dispels the notion of koro being individual psychopathology. Koro, at least the way it is manifested in China, is a social malady maintained by cultural beliefs which affect the whole community and not just those diagnosed with it. Further directions for research into the subject are discussed.
S T Cheng
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Historical Article; Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Culture, medicine and psychiatry     Volume:  20     ISSN:  0165-005X     ISO Abbreviation:  Cult Med Psychiatry     Publication Date:  1996 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1996-10-04     Completed Date:  1996-10-04     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7707467     Medline TA:  Cult Med Psychiatry     Country:  NETHERLANDS    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  67-82     Citation Subset:  IM; Q    
Contemporary China Research Centre, City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon.
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MeSH Terms
China / epidemiology
Disease Outbreaks / history
History, 19th Century
History, 20th Century
Koro / epidemiology*,  etiology*,  history,  therapy
Mass Behavior
Medicine, Chinese Traditional
Risk Factors
Sex Education

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