June 1965

Comparative Study Of Hallucinations

Author Affiliations

From the Washington University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. Resident in Psychiatry (Dr. Mott); Assistant Professor of Psychiatry (Dr. Small); and Instructor in Psychiatry (Dr. Anderson).

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1965;12(6):595-601. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1965.01720360067011

Introduction  IN both religious and secular literature there are many reports from people who have seen visions or heard voices. At times these phenomena have been considered as manifestations of the supernatural, and the actions, beliefs, and faith of many people have been influenced by them. The course of Western European history was changed by the simple faith of Joan D' Arc in her private percepts that others did not share. In our own time conservative and fundamental religious faiths have placed credence in the testimony of those who have heard voices or seen visions of a religious nature. Clinical psychiatrists tell of patients or their relatives who have described significant sensory perceptual aberrations, yet who do not appear to be mentally disturbed.3,4,16,18 Standard interviews done on relatives of indigent psychiatric patients and on unselected medical students too have shown an evidence of hallucinations of

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