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Letters to the Editor

Rap and Mania

John C. Markowitz

Published: August 1, 1999

Article Abstract

Letter to the Editor

Sir: Psychopathology frequently borrows its context and
content from current events and cultural developments. In the
heyday of Star Wars, psychotic patients presented with delusions
about Darth Vader; Easter annually evokes paranoid religious
delusions in individuals who see themselves as Christ.
The emergence of rap music has produced a small psychiatric
literature on its sexual, violent style and lyrics (e.g., reference

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