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November 1967

Dèjà Vu in Psychiatric and Neurosurgical Patients

Author Affiliations

St. Louis
From the Department of Psychiatry, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1967;17(5):622-625. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1967.01730290110014

We have all some experience of a feeling which comes over us occasionally, of what we are saying and doing having been said or done before, in a remote time—of our having been surrounded dim ages ago, by the same faces, objects, and circumstances—of our knowing perfectly what will be said next, as if we suddenly remembered it. —David Copperfield

THE ABOVE QUOTATION, reproduced from an early article by Hughlings Jackson, seems to define what has been called dèjà vu, or as Jackson called it, "reminiscense."1 He described this "intellectual aura" occurring during the onset of psychomotor-epileptic seizures as early as 1880. However, he was careful to mention that this aura occurred occasionally in "healthy people."2 In fact, he mentioned reminiscence of this type being described by such nonscientists as Tennyson, Coleridge, and, as above, Dickens.1 In Jackson's article a

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