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305 | The Geography of Madness
305 | The Geography of Madness
Sunday, October 29 | 4 - 5 PM
Chicago Athletic Association
Stagg Court
12 S Michigan Ave | Chicago, IL | 60603
  • Members: $12
  • Public: $15
  • Students and Teachers: $10

“Fearless in his reporting, generous in his spirit, and brilliant in his prose. I would follow him anywhere.” — Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love

Is there a connection between mental health, disease, and belief? In Geography of Madness, journalist Frank Bures offers a resounding yes. In tracking the delusion that one's genitals can be stolen—a relatively common complaint in countries ranging from Nigeria to Singapore—Bures sought to uncover the roots of a whole range of “culture–bound syndromes,” and how people’s beliefs about their health shape their physical experiences of health. Join Bures for a conversation about penis theft, placebos, and the intersection of Western and Chinese medicine.

Preorder your copy of The Geography of Madness through the CHF box office and save 20%.

A book signing will follow this program.


Frank 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 work has been included in the Best American Travel Writing, selected as “Notable” in the Best American Essays and Best American Sports Writing, and has appeared in Harper’s, Aeon, Lapham’s Quarterly, Scientific American, The Washington Post Magazine and other publications.

  • On sale to members on 9/19 at 10am and on sale to public on 9/26 at 10am.
  • The Geography of Madness
  • 4-18-2017