CIA brokers in Havana complaining of psychological fog, dizziness, ear ache in 2016. Youngsters in Miami in 1974, hyperventilating and wracked with stomach ache. A medieval outbreak of the “dancing plague”. A refrain of meowing nuns.
These mysterious occasions might have a single, easy clarification — one which’s typically ignored relating to understanding unusual new syndromes.
Robert W. Baloh and Robert E. Bartholomew discover occasions in Cuba of their 2020 e-book Havana Syndrome: Mass Psychogenic Sickness and the Actual Story Behind the Embassy Thriller and Hysteria, within the context of a helpful historic overview of psychogenic sickness. The authors talk about occasions subsequent to the publication of their e-book in a 2022 interview within the New Humanist. We additionally drew on experiences about Havana Syndrome within the New York Instances and ProPublica.
The Coca-Cola incident in Belgium, June 1999 is an evaluation revealed within the journal of Meals and Chemical Toxicology. Disaster administration in Belgium: the case of Coca-Cola is revealed in Company Communications: An Worldwide Journal.
An outbreak of sickness amongst schoolchildren in London: poisonous poisoning not mass hysteria is an article within the Journal of Epidemiology and Group Well being.