The Strange Case of the Disappearing Penis

Bures, Frank
March 2010
Psychology Today;Mar/Apr2010, Vol. 43 Issue 2, p22
The article discusses genital retraction syndrome, a medical condition believing that one's penis has vanished, that usually arises in certain cultures in Asia and Africa. It is called koro in Indonesia, where it was initially written down in a local dictionary meaning the shrinking of the penis. A local belief system endorsing some means by which one's penis can be stolen is a prerequisite for the condition.


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