Author | Ronald C. Simons, MD

Articles

Introduction to Culture-Bound Syndromes

April 17, 2006

A startled Malay woman with latah mocks the photographer.Source: Simons RC (1983)

Introduction to Culture-Bound Syndromes

November 01, 2001

In the glossary of our book The Culture-Bound Syndromes, Charles C. Hughes, Ph.D., listed almost 200 folk illnesses that have, at one time or another, been considered culture-bound syndromes (Simons and Hughes, 1986). Many have wonderfully exotic and evocative names: Arctic hysteria, amok, brain fag, windigo.