A New Way to Be Mad


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[edit] Author(s)

Carl Elliott

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The Atlantic Monthly Online, December 2000.

[edit] Abstract/Overview

The phenomenon is not as rare as one might think: healthy people deliberately setting out to rid themselves of one or more of their limbs, with or without a surgeon's help. Why do pathologies sometimes arise as if from nowhere? Can the mere description of a condition make it contagious?

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