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November 1971

Phantom Vision

Author Affiliations

Washington, DC
From the Department of Neurology, Howard University Medical School, Washington, DC.

Arch Neurol. 1971;25(5):468-471. doi:10.1001/archneur.1971.00490050102009

Phantom vision was manifest by the transient belief that visual sensations were present in the absent eye. This phenomenon was never spontaneously divulged; in all instances the visual sensations had to be specifically elicited. Because of the unanimity of these findings, it is believed that phantom vision is a common and persistent phenomenon in patients who have suffered traumatic enucleation of one or both eyes. These phantom visions appear to be behaviorally related to the somatosensory phenomenon of "phantom limb" resulting from the total loss of an extremity, or parts of an extremity.

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