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Cultural Factors Complicating Diagnosis and Treatment of an African College Student
Jeffrey Glass
Psychiatric Services 1983; doi:
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Timberlawn Psychiatric Hospital, 4645 Samuell Boulevard, Dallas, Texas 75228

1983 by the American Psychiatric Association

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In conclusion, it should be emphasized that this man probably would have been considered more mentally ill than someone suffering solely from the effects of being accursed and that he would have been a psychiatric casualty even in familiar surroundings.This case serves to emphasize that not all psychoses that are cultunally determined are of a hystenical nature. It also indicates that our Western diagnostic scheme is not inappropriately applied to tnanscultural psychiatric illnesses, and reminds us that cultural insights may enhance, rather than predude, the practice of a scientific psychiatry.

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