1998 suplement 2


Volume 7, suplement 2


Genealogical fraud: a case study

1. Katedry i Kliniki Psychiatrii Pomorskiej Akademii Medycznej w Szczecinie
Postępy Psychiatrii i Neurologii, 1998, 7, suplement 2 (7), 135-139
Keywords: fantastic pseudology, psychiatric court opinions, case study


A case is presented of a 55-year-old man with a rich criminal record, accused of frauds, who had been earlier misdiagnosed as suffering from "genealogical paranoia" and recognized as non-accountable. The aetiology and principles of diagnosing fantastic pseudology (pathological lying) are discussed and differential diagnosis of the latter condition and paranoia are outlined.

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