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Disgust and psychiatric illness: Have we remembered?

  • Bunmi O. Olatunji (a1) and Dean McKay (a2)
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It has been argued that disgust has been forgotten by psychiatry. An overview of recent research on disgust is provided. Findings suggest that disgust is a predictor of the development of specific psychiatric conditions.

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Professor Bunmi O. Olatunji, Vanderbilt University, Department of Psychology, 301 Wilson Hall, 111 21st Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee 37203, USA. Tel: + 1 (615) 3220060; fax: +1 (615) 343 8449; email: olubunmi.o.olatunji@vanderbilt.edu
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Disgust and psychiatric illness: Have we remembered?

  • Bunmi O. Olatunji (a1) and Dean McKay (a2)
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