Are Penis Thieves Real?

Seinfeld's George Costanza fretted about "shrinkage." But are penis thieves really a bigger problem? [Credit:]

Seinfeld’s George Costanza fretted about “shrinkage.” But could penis thieves pose a bigger problem? [Credit:]

“One of the problems,” author Frank Bures said in a recent Atlantic interview, “is this whole distinction between real and not real.”

Bures is the author of The Geography of Madness: Penis Thieves, Voodoo Death, and the Search for the Meaning of the World’s Strangest Syndromes.  His book examines conditions that the DSM-V, a manual used to diagnose and classify mental disorders, terms “culture-bound syndromes.” Continue reading