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The Geography of Madness: Penis Thieves, Voodoo Death, and the Search for the Meaning of the Worl…

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

Author Frank Bures
Publisher Melville House
Publication Date 2016-04-26
Section Travel Lit / Adventure
Type New
Format Hardcover
ISBN 9781612193724

Jon Ronson meets David Grann in this fascinating, wildly entertaining adventure and travel story about how culture can make us go totally insane The Geography of Madness is an investigation of "culture-bound" syndromes, which are far stranger than they sound. Why is it, for example, that some men believe, against all reason, that vandals stole their penises, even though they're in good physical shape? In The Geography of Madness, acclaimed magazine writer Frank Bures travels around the world to trace culture-bound syndromes to their sources—and in the process, tells a remarkable story about the strange things all of us believe.

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