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Delusional Parasitosis: Folie à Deux and Attempted Murder of a Family Doctor

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  02 January 2018

Marc L. Bourgeois*
Affiliation:
Université Bordeaux II, IPSO, 121 rue de la Béchade, 33076 Bordeaux, France
Pascale Duhamel
Affiliation:
Université Bordeaux II, IPSO, 121 rue de la Béchade, 33076 Bordeaux, France
Helene Verdoux
Affiliation:
Université Bordeaux II, IPSO, 121 rue de la Béchade, 33076 Bordeaux, France
*
Correspondence

Abstract

A 58-year-old woman suffering from delusional parasitosis tried to kill her general practitioner. Her husband shared in her beliefs but lost all delusional conviction after she was compulsorily admitted to a special hospital. The case illustrates the intractable nature and potential dangerousness of some of these cases, and their affinity to paranoia.

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Copyright
Copyright © 1992 The Royal College of Psychiatrists 

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