Misdentified Political Figures: An Underappreciated Danger

    Volume 36, Issue 4 (July 1991)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Page Count: 9


    Leong, GB
    Assistant clinical professor of psychiatry and assistant professor of psychiatry, University of California-Los Angeles School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA

    Silva, JA
    Assistant clinical professor of psychiatry and assistant professor of psychiatry, University of California-Los Angeles School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA

    Ferrari, MM
    Fellow in child psychiatry, University of Southern California School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA

    Weinstock, R
    Associate clinical professor of psychiatry, University of California-Los Angeles School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA

    (Received 6 August 1990; accepted 16 October 1990)

    Abstract

    A series of twelve patients is presented in which each patient suffered from one or more misidentification syndromes and also misidentified one or more political figures. The fact that misidentification syndromes have been associated with physical violence and that the majority of the patients studied had a history of physical violence suggests that these individuals could pose a significant danger of physical harm to others, including political figures. Persons who threaten political figures should be evaluated for misidentification syndromes.


    Paper ID: JFS13132J

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS13132J

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    Title Misdentified Political Figures: An Underappreciated Danger
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