‘Bhanamati’ Sorcery and Psychopathology in South India

Keshavan, M. S. ; Narayanan, H. S. ; Gangadhar, B. N. (1989) ‘Bhanamati’ Sorcery and Psychopathology in South India British Journal of Psychiatry, 154 (2). pp. 218-220. ISSN 0007-1250

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We describe the patterns of illness attributed to sorcery among 209 patients who attended a special clinic in south India. Somatisation and conversion disorders accounted for the majority of patients, although several other psychiatric and medical disorders were also seen. Aspects of treatment of such patients in the sociocultural context are discussed.

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