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The role of the press and the medical community in the epidemic of "mysterious gas poisoning" in the Jordan West Bank.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  4014505     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
In March and April 1983, an epidemic of "mysterious gas poisoning" occurred in the Jordan West Bank region, affecting more than 900 persons, predominantly schoolgirls. That both Arabs and Israelis believed there was an etiologic poisonous substance reflected their longstanding conflict. Israeli newspaper reports, opinions by Arab and Israeli physicians, and the emotional climate in Djenin Hospital contributed to the generation and propagation of this belief. The author discusses the specific difficulties he met in investigating the outbreak.
Authors:
A Hefez
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The American journal of psychiatry     Volume:  142     ISSN:  0002-953X     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Psychiatry     Publication Date:  1985 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1985-08-02     Completed Date:  1985-08-02     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370512     Medline TA:  Am J Psychiatry     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  833-7     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Adolescent
Adult
Attitude of Health Personnel*
Child
Disease Outbreaks / psychology*
Female
Gas Poisoning / psychology*
Humans
Hysteria / psychology*
Israel
Jordan
Male
Mass Behavior
Newspapers*
Physicians
Politics
Psychology, Social
War

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