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August 1976

The Capgras Phenomenon

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Psychiatry, Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, NH. Dr Merrin is now with the Veterans Administration Hospital, Menlo Park, Calif.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1976;33(8):965-968. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1976.01770080083008

• The underlying diagnosis of Capgras delusion is not found to be exclusively paranoid schizophrenia, nor is the sex exclusively female, as once was believed. Organic factors play a predominant role in many patients, and 41% of the cases are males. The age at diagnosis in those considered to be schizophrenic is older than is usually expected.