Author: Dylan Luyten, MD
- Johannes Hoffer coined term Nostalgia in 1688 in his medical dissertation.
- Nostalgia was a formal medical diagnosis, and one that dates back to 17th century when soldiers had longing for home and melancholy with a constellation of symptoms including lethargy, sadness, disturbed sleep, heart palpitations, GI complaints, and/or skin findings for which the only cure was to return home.
- In the civil war, over 5000 soldiers were given medical leave for nostalgia.
- Always remember to view your patient in the appropriate context (psychosocial, cultural, historical, etc.)
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