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Bartholomew, Robert E. (September 2001).
Little Green Men, Meowing Nuns and Headhunting Panics: A Study of Mass Psychogenic Illness and Social Delusions.
Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company. Foreword by Professor Erich Goode, Sociology Department, University of Maryland.
Reviews of Little Green Men:
"…well-documented information to those interested in mass psychosocial phenomena, and as fascinating leisure-time reading to the general public."
--Wolfgang G. Jilek, M.D., Professor Emeritus of clinical psychiatry, University of British Columbia.
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Bartholomew, Robert E. (December 2000).
Exotic Deviance: Medicalizing Cultural Idioms--From Strangeness to Illness (University Press of Colorado).
Forward by Professor Peter Conrad, Chair, Sociology Department, Brandeis University. This study contributes to the literature on the inappropriate placement of medical labels onto deviant behaviors. It contains a reappraisal of the contemporary mainstream psychiatric status of the culture-specific "mental disorders" of koro and latah in parts of Asia, and the history-specific appearance of St. Vitus Dance in medieval Europe. Using historical case studies of the literature under scrutiny, and in the case of latah, ethnographic observation, I demonstrate that pathological assessments of these three seemingly bizarre psychological disturbances are not supported by consistent biological or clinical findings of abnormality, but are socially designated deviance categories constructed within the Western social and cultural tradition, by objectivist researchers seeking universalist causes of deviation, with norms, values and worldviews that differ significantly from the participants