Capgras Syndrome Or Public Delusion

July 8, 2016

Why should people imagine that public figures and celebrities have been replaced by doubles? It’s a strange concept. I can understand individual psychiatric patients believing their loved ones have been replaced by exact duplicates. That is the traditional Capgras delusion, based on the 1923 case of a patient of Dr. Capgras. He and Dr. Reboul-Lachaux described a 53-year-old woman who thought that her husband, children, and house were replaced by doubles in 1923. The eponymous delusion…

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