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by Lee Daniel Kravetz
Yawning can be contagious. Suicide, too, as this intriguing book shows. ... As journalist and psychologist Kravetz writes, once bulimia was separated from anorexia and described in the psychological literature, the incidence of the disease grew and even spread to places where it had been unknown. ... Now, it seems, psychologists are seeking a common language for epidemic suicide, the larger subject of Kravetz’s look at how harmful memes spread and to which he was introduced when, soon after moving to Silicon Valley, he was on hand to record instances of children killing or harming themselves in patterns that suggest social contagion in all its varieties ... A worthy, only occasionally clunky treatise on matters of urgent concern.
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