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Canine Capgras

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  13 June 2014

Barry Wright
Academic Unit of Psychiatry, 15, Hyde Terrace, Leeds University, Leeds LS2 9LT, England
Richard Mindham
Academic Unit of Psychiatry, 15, Hyde Terrace, Leeds University, Leeds LS2 9LT, England
Wendy Burn
Newsome Centre, Seacroft Hospital, Leeds LS 14 6UH, England


Two separate cases are reported in which a woman believed that her pet dog had been replaced by an identical double. The psychodynamic issues which these reports raise are discussed. In the Capgras delusion the double is usually a key figure in the life of the patient. These reports highlight the fact that this key figure may be a domestic animal.

Clinical and Brief Reports
Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1994

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