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Tintin and the Capgras syndrome

  • H. Förstl (a1), R. Howard (a1), O. Almeida (a1), B. Beats (a1), A. Burns (a1) and R. Levy (a1)...
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Only around 300 cases of the Capgras syndrome have been reported in the medical literature. We report a widely read but scientifically neglected case of a mad scientist who showed this misidentification syndrome with classical and potentially dangerous features. The current literature on the psychopathology and neuropsychology of the Capgras-syndrome is briefly reviewed and discussed in the light of this new case.

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Tintin and the Capgras syndrome

  • H. Förstl (a1), R. Howard (a1), O. Almeida (a1), B. Beats (a1), A. Burns (a1) and R. Levy (a1)...
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