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

  • Marc L. Bourgeois (a1), Pascale Duhamel (a1) and Helene Verdoux (a1)
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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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Delusional Parasitosis: Folie à Deux and Attempted Murder of a Family Doctor

  • Marc L. Bourgeois (a1), Pascale Duhamel (a1) and Helene Verdoux (a1)
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