bone pointing syndrome

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bone pointing syndrome 

ETHNOMEDICINE

A reaction seen in primitive aboriginal societies–in particular, of Australia, in which a witch doctor points a bone at an evil-doer during a ritual. The evil person typically becomes ill thereafter and dies.

An analogous situation in modern society occurs in a patient who, after being told that she has little time remaining in her terminal disease, lapses into a state of apathy and dies. 

Synonyms Hexing phenomenon, kurdaitcha, self-willed death 

Reference http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kurdaitcha

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