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illness (ilĀ“nis)   disease.
 

folk illness  a condition in which a person has symptoms that are not identifiable with usual modern categories of disease; the causes may be said to be natural forces, supernatural factors, interpersonal factors, or emotions. An example is susto, a Latin American term for fright caused by a traumatic experience. In many societies these conditions are felt to be treatable by folk healers using techniques such as prayer, rituals, and laying on of hands.

psychosomatic illness  somatoform disorder.





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