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Nosocomephobia is a medically related phobia, defined as the excessive fear or phobia of hospitals.[1][2][3] Marc Siegel a doctor and associate professor at the New York University Medical Center says, "It's perfectly understandable why many people feel the way they do about a hospital stay," and continues, "You have control of your life ... up until you're admitted to a hospital."[4] U.S. President Richard Nixon was known to have a fear of hospitals after refusing to get a treatment for a blood clot in 1974 saying, "if I go into the hospital, I'll never come out alive.".[5][6]


Nosocomephobia comes from the Greek language, nosokemeion- meaning hospital and phobos being irrational fear.[7]

See alsoEdit


  1. Semple, David; Roger Smyth, Jonathan Burns, Rajan Darjee, Andrew McIntosh (2005). Oxford handbook of psychiatry, Oxford University Press.
  2. Glenn, Harrold The Ultimate Self-Hypnosis Cure for the Phobia of Hospitals (Nosocomephobia). Diviniti Publishing Ltd.. URL accessed on 29 November 2009.
  3. Nosocomephobia. The Personal Genome. URL accessed on 29 November 2009.
  4. includeonly>Kirchheimer, Sid. "How to Survive a Stay in the Hospital", Web MD, Retrieved on 29 November 2009.
  5. includeonly>"Nixon Rejecting Care in Hospital", UPI, Spokane Daily Chronicle, September 16, 1974. Retrieved on 28 November 2009. [dead link]
  6. includeonly>"Doctor Tells Nixon's Fear of Hospital", Associated Press (AP), Toledo Blade, September 15, 1974. Retrieved on 28 November 2009. [dead link]
  7. Thomas, Charles (2001). The words of medicine: sources, meanings, and delights, University of Michigan: Charles C. Thomas.

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