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  • Copyright: 1991-11-01
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Widespread throughout Latin America, susto is a folk illness associated with a broad array of symptoms. It is considered by susceptible populations to be a sickness caused by the separation of soul and body which is precipitated by a supernatural force. Most studies of culture-bound diseases have relied on descriptive approaches that focus on pathologies derived from medical textbooks. This study takes an interdisciplinary approach, looking for explanations of susto in the interaction of social, physiological, and psychological factors.

Author Biography

Arthur Rubel is Professor in the Departments of Family Medicine and Anthropology at the University of California, Irvine Carl O'Nell is Professor of Anthropology and a Fellow in the Kellogg Institute at the University of Notre Dame Rolando Collado-Ardon is Professor-Researcher in the Departmento de Medicina Social at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introduction to Sustop. 1
The Samplesp. 15
Description of Sustop. 30
Sampling of Groupsp. 49
Methods of Testing the Hypothesesp. 53
Levels of Social Stressp. 55
Levels of Psychiatric Impairmentp. 60
Levels of Organic Diseasep. 63
Resultsp. 71
Indications of Social Stressp. 71
Indications of Psychiatric Impairmentp. 73
Indications of Diseasep. 80
Classes of Diseasesp. 87
Results of Laboratory Testsp. 98
Gravity and Severityp. 100
Fatal Consequencesp. 106
Interrelationships Among Resultsp. 112
Implications of This Studyp. 120
Appendixp. 123
22-Item Screening Score for Measuring Psychiatric Impairment (Modified)p. 125
Instructions for Scoring the 22-Item Screening Score Responsesp. 125
Social Factors Questionnairep. 127
Scoring Instructions for the Social Factors Questionnaire for Malesp. 133
Score Sheet for Social Factors Questionnaire--Malesp. 141
Scoring Instructions for the Social Factors Questionnaire for Femalesp. 146
Score Sheet for Social Factors Questionnaire--Femalesp. 152
Clinical Historyp. 157
Instructions for Scoring Gravity and Severityp. 160
Score Sheet for Measures of Severity and Gravityp. 167
Referencesp. 169
Author Indexp. 183
Subject Indexp. 185
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