"...an absorbing and authoritative read and an extremely valuable reference for anyone interested in the field of psychosomatic medicine."
- Keith Petrie, Professor of Psychological Medicine, University of Auckland
"Outbreak! is a treasure trove for cultural psychiatrists... The book contains a phenomenal 2880 citations, a great many of which are original sources... It's a terrific reference book and I heartily recommend it."
- Amando Favazza M.D.,, Emeritus Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Missouri-Columbia
"...looks set to become the definitive reference work of our age on bizarre collective delusions and mass hysteria."
- Professor Chris French, Goldsmiths, University of London
...this Encyclopedia is an essential work...
The large choice of nineteenth century French studies, mostly medical, of visions and apparitions is especially notable.
-Véronique Campion-Vincent, Paris, Maison des Sciences de L'Homme
"...quite possibly the most important contribution to the world of Forteana... in a very long time...
...The book is indeed scholarly; but it is also highly informative, insightful, illuminating and witty.
- Nick Redfern, Best-selling author
From the Publisher
"I was incredibly impressed. A remarkable and surprising collection of social behaviors that demonstrates how quickly we humans make the bizarre seem normal when we huddle together in groups. Both compelling and complete...an Aladdin's cave of social curiosities drawn from rigorous research. I can't think of any book that is a more complete guide to the oddities of human social history." - Vaughan Bell, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist, Department of Psychiatry, Universidad de Antioquia
"In this encyclopedic guide to the wilder shores of collective behavior, Evans and Bartholomew explore unusual social movements and what seem otherwise inexplicable outbreaks of collective behaviors. The result is a work of immense erudition and scholarship but also a thumping good read. I read it on a plane, and found that my companions in the seats either side of me were as engrossed as I was..." - Simon Wessely, Chair and Head of the Department of Social Medicine, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London
"An extraordinary compilation of approximately 340 incidents of collective behavior spread over many countries on all continents, encompassing a time span of centuries. It is, without any doubt, the most ambitious undertaking of its sort, with entries ranging from the Children's Crusades to the Chilean Martian Panic, from Cyber Ghost Scares to the Popish Plot...an excellent resource for library references as well as for college-level teachers of collective behavior." - Benigno Aguirre, Professor of Sociology, University of Delaware