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Volume 52 Issue 3 (September 1979), Pages 205-299

Capgras: Case study and reappraisal of psychopathology (pages 291-295)

A case of the Capgras phenomenon in a man of 58, arising during the course of a depressive illness, is described. Physical, electroencephalographic and psychometric investigations gave no sign of organic disease, and recovery was complete. Factors leading to the development of a depressive psychosis and its particular manifestation in the Capgras delusion are traced in detail. The psychopathology of the condition and the implications for treatment are discussed.

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