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Nosocomephobia (no-so-comb-phobia) is defined as the excessive fear 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 νοσοκομεῖον (nosokomeion), "hospital"[7] and φόβος (phobos), "fear".[8][9]

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  1. ^ Semple, David; Roger Smyth; Jonathan Burns; Rajan Darjee; Andrew McIntosh (2005). Oxford handbook of psychiatry. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-852783-1.
  2. ^ Glenn, Harrold. "The Ultimate Self-Hypnosis Cure for the Phobia of Hospitals (Nosocomephobia)". Diviniti Publishing Ltd. Retrieved 29 November 2009.
  3. ^ "Nosocomephobia". The Personal Genome. Archived from the original on 5 October 2018. Retrieved 29 November 2009.
  4. ^ Kirchheimer, Sid. "How to Survive a Stay in the Hospital". Web MD. Retrieved 29 November 2009.
  5. ^ "Nixon Rejecting Care in Hospital". UPI. Spokane Daily Chronicle. 16 September 1974. Archived from the original on 1 October 2015. Retrieved 28 November 2009.
  6. ^ "Doctor Tells Nixon's Fear of Hospital". Associated Press (AP). Toledo Blade. September 15, 1974. Retrieved 28 November 2009.[dead link]
  7. ^ νοσοκομεῖον, Henry George Liddell, Robert Scott, A Greek-English Lexicon, on Perseus
  8. ^ φόβος, Henry George Liddell, Robert Scott, A Greek-English Lexicon, on Perseus
  9. ^ Thomas, Charles (2001). The words of medicine: sources, meanings, and delights. University of Michigan: Charles C. Thomas. ISBN 0-398-07132-2.