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Original article Edit

Authors Edit

Carl Elliott

Source Edit

The Atlantic Monthly Online, December 2000.

Abstract Edit

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?

Analysis Edit

An opinion on the concept of "contagion": Coming out of the woodwork?