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Mass hysteria "mystery illness"

(with Marcella Bernardo, CKNW)


Dr. Samra interviewed on CKNW about mass hysteria.


Where’s Dr. House when you need him?  Last fall, after a group of teens at New York’s LeRoy Junior-Senior High School began simultaneously exhibiting Tourette syndrome – like tics and verbal outbursts – experts were at a loss to explain why. Air quality tests and mold spore counts seemed to rule out environmental causes, and medical exams and neurological workups eliminated infection or disease. Now doctors have come up with a surprising diagnosis: mass hysteria, a phenomenon in which various people in a common group (such as students within a school) experience a spontaneous outbreak of physical symptoms caused by psychological stress.  What is mass hysteria?

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