Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry

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The definition and classification of Koro

  • Arabinda N. Chowdhury


Attempts at defining and classifying Koro have been undertaken by various researchers over at least the last fifty years without any consensus emerging to date. The occurrence of Koro, not only in different parts of the world but also in association with varied morbidities, has of late diluted its primary identity as a culture-bound syndrome. Further, the DSM-IIIR and ICD-10 provisions to include culture-bound syndromes like Koro are open to various diagnostic options. Consideration was given to have it included in DSM-IV One of the fundamental problems inherent in such attempts is the semantic confusion Koro generates in its basic phenomenological analysis. The present paper deals with some of these issues based on a historical analysis of world Koro literature, and with comments on the future research agendum.


Primary Identity Fundamental Problem Research Agendum Historical Analysis Phenomenological Analysis 


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  1. 1.Institute of PsychiatryCalcuttaIndia

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