Monday, October 13, 2008

Koro.

Koro, or genital retraction syndrome, is a condition in which a person is overcome with the belief that his genitals are retracting into his abdomen to kill him. Outbreaks of Koro in China were reported in 1948, 1955, 1966, 1974 and 1984/85. Aside from the emotional distress, Koro by itself is not physically harmful, and no actual retraction takes place. Injuries have occurred when stricken men have resorted to apparatus such as needles, hooks, fishing line, and shoe strings, to prevent the disappearance of their penises. The belief originates from Southeast Asia, but has also triggered waves of panic in Sengeal, Benin, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Sudan and Congo at various times in the last decade.

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