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Acta Psychiatr Scand. 2003 Dec;108(6):460-2; discussion 462-3.

Capgras syndrome--out of sight, out of mind?

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Department of Epileptology, University of Bonn, Sigmund-Freud-Strasse 25, 53114 Bonn, Germany. t.dietl@web.de

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

Recent theoretical approaches emphasize a disorder of face processing in the pathogenesis of the Capgras syndrome. We report a patient with the Capgras syndrome developing in the physical absence of the person who is believed to be replaced and thus a limited role for a disorder of face processing.

METHOD:

The clinical phenomenology of a case of the Capgras syndrome is explored.

RESULTS:

A disorder of face processing might not be a sufficient explanation of the course of the disorder in this patient.

CONCLUSION:

Face processing accounts, of the Capgras delusion, have to be supplemented by additional assumptions.

PMID:
14616228
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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