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Havana Syndrome

Mass Psychogenic Illness and the Real Story Behind the Embassy Mystery and Hysteria

Authors: Baloh, Robert W., Bartholomew, Robert E.

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  • Solves a medical mystery that has confounded the U.S. and Canadian Governments and the global medical community
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  • Provides an intriguing example of mass psychogenic illness
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  • Documents the social and financial toll of mass hysteria 
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  • Exposes pseudoscientific claims  
  • A lively and entertaining read on a fascinating topic
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It is one of the most extraordinary cases in the history of science:  the mating calls of insects were mistaken for a “sonic weapon” that led to a major diplomatic row.  Since August 2017, the world media has been absorbed in the “attack” on diplomats from the American and Canadian Embassies in Cuba.  While physicians treating victims have described it as a novel and perplexing condition that involves an array of complaints including brain damage, the authors present compelling evidence that mass psychogenic illness was the cause of “Havana Syndrome.” 

This mysterious condition that has baffled experts is explored across 11-chapters which offer insights by a prominent neurologist and an expert on psychogenic illness.  A lively and enthralling read, the authors explore the history of similar scares from the 18th century belief that sounds from certain musical instruments were harmful to human health, to 19th century cases of “telephone shock,” and more contemporary panics involving people living near wind turbines that have been tied to a variety of health complaints.  The authors provide dozens of examples of kindred episodes of mass hysteria throughout history, in addition to psychosomatic conditions and even the role of insects in triggering outbreaks. 

Havana Syndrome: Mass Psychogenic Illness and the Real Story Behind the Embassy Mystery and Hysteria is a scientific detective story and a case study in the social construction of mass psychogenic illness.


 

About the authors

Robert W. Baloh, MD

Professor of Neurology and Head and Neck Surgery

David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Los Angeles, CA, USA

 

Robert E. Bartholomew, PhD

Honorary Senior Lecturer 

Department of Psychological Medicine

The University of Auckland

Auckland, New Zealand 


Table of contents (11 chapters)

Table of contents (11 chapters)
  • Chasing Ghosts in Cuba

    Pages 1-20

    Baloh, Robert W. (et al.)

  • The Crisis Deepens

    Pages 21-42

    Baloh, Robert W. (et al.)

  • Canadian Contagion

    Pages 43-57

    Baloh, Robert W. (et al.)

  • Psychogenic Illness on the Battlefield: From the Civil War to Gulf War Syndrome

    Pages 59-70

    Baloh, Robert W. (et al.)

  • Mass Hysteria Through the Ages: From St. Vitus Dance to Mystery Odors

    Pages 71-94

    Baloh, Robert W. (et al.)

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  • ISBN 978-3-030-40746-9
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Havana Syndrome
Book Subtitle
Mass Psychogenic Illness and the Real Story Behind the Embassy Mystery and Hysteria
Authors
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Copernicus
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-40746-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-40746-9
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-40745-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 194
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