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Culturally Specific Mental Illnesses

  • By: Michael J. Simonton
  • In: Encyclopedia of Social Deviance
  • Edited by: Craig J. Forsyth & Heith Copes
  • Subject:Psychopathology, Crime & Deviance (general)

Disease is a biological condition that may be caused by a virus, a bacterium, a genetic condition, or an environmental pathogen. Illness, on the other hand, is a cultural interpretation of sickness. There may be diseases with no illness, as when ...

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