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Patterns of transmission of epidemic hysteria in a school.
In his 1992 book on epidemic hysteria, From Paralysis to Fatigue, Shorter recounts the similar history of a 19th-century syndrome called "spinal irritation," originally diagnosed by a handful of British doctors.
Outbreak of itching and rash: epidemic hysteria in an elementary school.

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