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The Couvade Syndrome

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  29 January 2018

W. H. Trethowan
University of Birmingham
M. F. Conlon
All Saints Hospital, Birmingham; From the Department of Psychiatry, The University of Birmingham


Pregnancy in their wives is known to precipitate mental illness in some husbands (Zilboorg, 1931; Freeman, 1951; Towne and Afterman, 1955). But the fact that it may more commonly cause physical symptoms seems never to have been fully investigated, and has only occasionally been reported in the medical press.

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Copyright © Royal College of Psychiatrists, 1965 

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