Susto: A Folk Illness / Edition 1

Susto: A Folk Illness / Edition 1

by Arthur J. Rubel
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520076346

ISBN-13: 9780520076341

Pub. Date: 10/10/1991

Publisher: University of California Press

Widespread throughout Latin America, susto is a folk illness usually associated with a broad array of symptoms that fit no specific diagnosis. In the past, most studies of culture-bound diseases such as susto have relied on descriptive approaches that focus on pathologies derived from medical textbooks. This study takes an inter-disciplinary approach, looking for

Overview

Widespread throughout Latin America, susto is a folk illness usually associated with a broad array of symptoms that fit no specific diagnosis. In the past, most studies of culture-bound diseases such as susto have relied on descriptive approaches that focus on pathologies derived from medical textbooks. This study takes an inter-disciplinary approach, looking for explanations of susto in the interaction of social, physiological, and psychological factors.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520076341
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
10/10/1991
Series:
Comparative Studies of Health Systems and Medical Care Series
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.46(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsvii
1Introduction to Susto1
2The Samples15
3Description of Susto30
4Sampling of Groups49
Methods of Testing the Hypotheses53
Levels of Social Stress55
Levels of Psychiatric Impairment60
Levels of Organic Disease63
5Results71
Indications of Social Stress71
Indications of Psychiatric Impairment73
Indications of Disease80
Classes of Diseases87
Results of Laboratory Tests98
Gravity and Severity100
Fatal Consequences106
6Interrelationships Among Results112
Implications of This Study120
Appendix123
22-Item Screening Score for Measuring Psychiatric Impairment (Modified)125
Instructions for Scoring the 22-Item Screening Score Responses125
Social Factors Questionnaire127
Scoring Instructions for the Social Factors Questionnaire for Males133
Score Sheet for Social Factors Questionnaire--Males141
Scoring Instructions for the Social Factors Questionnaire for Females146
Score Sheet for Social Factors Questionnaire--Females152
Clinical History157
Instructions for Scoring Gravity and Severity160
Score Sheet for Measures of Severity and Gravity167
References169
Author Index183
Subject Index185

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