Balance the Humours

13 Jan

There is a spate of “Tourettes-like” symptoms – tics and involuntary movements – among a particular group of girls in the LeRoy school district. Convinced that these girls aren’t faking it (I have no idea how), public health officials have reached a logical conclusion for what’s behind this:

…but at least one local expert in the field of movement disorders stated Thursday that what most of these girls experienced is likely the result of mass hysteria.

It’s describing a mass psychogenic (psychosomatic) group of symptoms shared among a large population, but doesn’t it sound medieval? Doesn’t that sound like the treatment would involve leeches or a stoning or visiting a shrine. In other words, it sounds like a junk, throwaway diagnosis that loosely translates into “we don’t know what the hell is going on” and has the added bonus of being backhandedly sexist.

4 Responses to “Balance the Humours”

  1. Mer January 13, 2012 at 7:22 pm #

    They said they cleared the environment as a cause but who was their expert? The parents need to have ERMI or super mold testing done Dr Shoemaker style and these girls need second and third opinions and I bet the first one to an integrative dr is the first one with a mystery solved.

  2. George Carlin January 13, 2012 at 8:40 pm #

    Given that this is FUCK! Genesee County we’re talking about SHIT!, it may be difficult PISS! to confirm a CUNT! diagnosis COCKSUCKER! without obtaining MOTHERFUCKER! a suitable control TITS! group.

  3. RaChaCha January 13, 2012 at 9:31 pm #

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dancing_mania
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mass_psychogenic_illness

    If it’s in Wikipedia, it must be like totally real.

    Right?

  4. rastamick January 13, 2012 at 10:46 pm #

    I think one of them had a caribbean housecleaner who was doing some funky shit in the woods with a chicken and some herbs and another of them was taking major wood from her employer and this is all a red herring to cover their tracks. More weight is all I can say.

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