The sociologist Robert Bartholomew, author of several books on this phenomenon, describes mass psychogenic illness, known as hysteria, as "the rapid dissemination of signs and symptoms for which there is no physical cause, usually generated by the mind the victim herself. "I
Apart from anxiety or panic, hysteria may be accompanied by physiological signs or engines, which can be confused with real ailments. Bartholomew says it is not an uncommon situation. For a decade, this expert has recorded all known cases.I
"There are a hundred outbreaks each year, and most causes serious disorders in schools and factories have closed their doors while tests are conducted," said the sociologist.I
Without going any further, earlier this year, thirty young people from a school in Springfield, USA. UU., Began to suffer headaches and dizziness. Health authorities shuffled the possibility that a leak were to carbon monoxide, but the analysis of air laid this possibility. Nor was detected nothing unusual in the blood of the victims and, according to the spokesman of the Department of Health of Minnesota, there was apparently no situation linking cases: students, for example, and breakfasted the same or come to school in the same bus. Finally, some experts concluded that the boys were victims of mass hysteria.
Something similar happened recently in El Carmen de Bolivar, where more than two hundred girls were also served with headache, dizziness, fainting and tingling in various parts of the body. They theorized an adverse effect of HPV vaccines, but the Colombian Minister of Health ventured another diagnosis: "piscogénicas responses masses."I
More information on The mystery of imaginary epidemics, written by Lucia Caballero, you can read the number 401 very interesting.I
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