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Schizophrenics with Delusions of Poisoning

  • J. Varsamis (a1), J. D. Adamson (a2) and W. F. Sigurdson (a3)

Delusions of poisoning often dominate the clinical picture in schizophrenia. In an earlier publication (6) we have suggested that these cases may be phenomenologically distinct from other schizophrenics. Patients who believed they were poisoned or gassed reported more somatic symptoms, headaches, decreased visual acuity and disturbances of taste and smell.

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Schizophrenics with Delusions of Poisoning

  • J. Varsamis (a1), J. D. Adamson (a2) and W. F. Sigurdson (a3)
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