Category: W3 Activity

Mal de Ojo in Hispanics and Latinos

Culturally Bound Syndromes like mal de ojo in Hispanics show the far-reaching consequences that culture has on medicine. In “From Hippocrates to Adams County: Tracing Humoral Medicine in Literature and Practice,” the reception of Hispanic medical theory in Western culture…

Djinnati in Rural Iran

Djinnati is a culture-bound syndrome seen in Baluchistan, Iran. Djinnati may produce episodic symptoms including altered consciousness, altered memory, muteness, crying, hallucination, laughing, and a foreign entity called “Djinn”. Women are more common to experience these episodes. This study was…

Obesity in modern Cultures

Since it is also the focus of my Weebly website, I thought it was only appropriate that I look at obesity as a culture bound syndrome. It will probably come as no surprise that there is a link between more…

Amok in Malaysia

The culture bound syndrome I picked to review was Running Amok. Running Amok is a CBS that was mostly common in Malaysian culture, but now has prevailed in the countries of Philippines, Laos, Papua New Guinea, and Puerto Rico. Running…

Hereditary Angioedema in Europe

Hereditary angioedema is a disease that causes chronic inflammation attacks. There is a specific gene deficiency which causes bradykinin a chemical involved in vascular permeability to be increased. This disease occurs in 1:50,000 people across the world and in Europe….

Anorexia in the United States

I found an article called Anorexia nervosa as a Culture-Bound Syndrome by Leslie Swartz I chose this culture-bound syndrome because I actually was doing a paper on this topic in another class last week and brought up that I thought anorexia…

Koro in North-East India

The culture-bound syndrome (CBS) that I decided to learn more about was Koro. In this CBS, the patient believes there genitals are shrinking and that eventually they will disappear. In the long run these patients  believe that the falling off…

Obesity in the United States

I found an article called Obesity as a Culture-Bound Syndrome by Cheryl Ritenbaugh. The title automatically grabbed my attention because obesity is such a huge and ongoing problem in America. In the article Ritenbaugh talks about how anthropologists have been using…