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The Geography of Madness: Penis Thieves, Voodoo Death, and the Search for the Meaning of the World's Strangest Syndromes (Paperback)

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This fascinating book starts out with trying to understand how people in other cultures can believe such crazy things. The author interviews people who had their penises snatched in Lagos, and doctors who treated victims in Hong Kong. But he also investigates some of our American maladies that we take for granted as hard science. That’s where it really gets interesting.

— Dave

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Why do some men become convinced--despite what doctors tell them--that their penises have, simply, disappeared. Why do people across the world become convinced that they are cursed to die on a particular date--and then do? Why do people in Malaysia suddenly "run amok"?

In The Geography of Madness, acclaimed magazine writer Frank Bures investigates these and other "culture-bound" syndromes, tracing each seemingly baffling phenomenon to its source. It's a fascinating, and at times rollicking, adventure that takes the reader around the world and deep into the oddities of the human psyche. What Bures uncovers along the way is a poignant and stirring story of the persistence of belief, fear, and hope.

About the Author


FRANK BURES's stories have appeared in Harper's, Esquire, Outside, Bicycling, and Wired, and have been included in a number of Best American Travel Writing anthologies. They've also been selected as "Notable" picks for Best American Sports Writing 2012 and the Best American Essays 2013. He lives in Minneapolis.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781612195568
ISBN-10: 1612195563
Publisher: Melville House Publishing
Publication Date: April 11th, 2017
Pages: 256
Language: English

 

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