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dc.contributor.advisorLemov, Rebecca M
dc.contributor.authorNasser, Latif Shiraz
dc.date.accessioned2014-06-06T16:30:16Z
dash.embargo.terms2025-05-16en_US
dc.date.issued2014-06-06
dc.date.submitted2014
dc.identifier.citationNasser, Latif Shiraz. 2014. Spasms of the Soul: The Tanganyika Laughter Epidemic in the Age of Independence. Doctoral dissertation, Harvard University.en_US
dc.identifier.otherhttp://dissertations.umi.com/gsas.harvard:11693en
dc.identifier.urihttp://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:12274127
dc.description.abstract1962. Tanganyika, East Africa. In a rural boarding school on the shore of Lake Victoria, dozens of adolescent girls began to laugh and cry uncontrollably. After trying to stem these mysterious breakouts for a month and a half, school officials gave up and sent everyone home. As the girls fanned out to their homes across the region, their behaviors spread too. Over 1000 people were affected. Families and governments enlisted all kinds of experts to give them a clue about what was going on. Eventually, an official diagnosis: mass hysteria. About two years after it began, the epidemic petered out. Nobody died. Everybody recovered.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipHistory of Scienceen_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
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dc.subjectAfrican historyen_US
dc.subjectHistory of scienceen_US
dc.subjectCultural anthropologyen_US
dc.subjectepidemicen_US
dc.subjectgirlsen_US
dc.subjectindependenceen_US
dc.subjectlaughteren_US
dc.subjectmedicineen_US
dc.subjecttanzaniaen_US
dc.titleSpasms of the Soul: The Tanganyika Laughter Epidemic in the Age of Independenceen_US
dc.typeThesis or Dissertationen_US
dash.depositing.authorNasser, Latif Shiraz
dash.embargo.until10000-01-01
thesis.degree.date2014en_US
thesis.degree.disciplineHistory of Scienceen_US
thesis.degree.grantorHarvard Universityen_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.namePh.D.en_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberBrandt, Allanen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberKuriyama, Shigehisaen_US
dc.contributor.committeeMemberElkins, Carolineen_US
dash.contributor.affiliatedNasser, Latif Shiraz


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