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Why disgust matters.

Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci, 2011; 366(1583):3478-90
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22042923
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22042923
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296591900011
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Curtis, V. ;
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Why disgust matters.
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Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci
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1471-2970
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366
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1583
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3478-90
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2011
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: The new synthesis about disgust is that it is a system that evolved to motivate infectious disease avoidance. There are vital practical and intellectual reasons why we need to understand disgust better. Practically, disgust can be harnessed to combat the behavioural causes of infectious and chronic disease such as diarrhoeal disease, pandemic flu and smoking. Disgust is also a source of much human suffering; it plays an underappreciated role in anxieties and phobias such as obsessive compulsive disorder, social phobia and post-traumatic stress syndromes; it is a hidden cost of many occupations such as caring for the sick and dealing with wastes, and self-directed disgust afflicts the lives of many, such as the obese and fistula patients. Disgust is used and abused in society, being both a force for social cohesion and a cause of prejudice and stigmatization of out-groups. This paper argues that a better understanding of disgust, using the new synthesis, offers practical lessons that can enhance human flourishing. Disgust also provides a model system for the study of emotion, one of the most important issues facing the brain and behavioural sciences today.
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Department of Infectious and Tropical Diseases, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, , Keppel Street, London WC1E 7HT, UK.
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