Jules Cotard and the Syndrome Named After Him

Cotard’s syndrome is usually characterized as a mental disorder in which the patient believes themselves to be deceased. But it’s more complex than that. peart/Getty Images/Vetta
Cotard’s syndrome is usually characterized as a mental disorder in which the patient believes themselves to be deceased. But it’s more complex than that. peart/Getty Images/Vetta

Jules Cotard was the first psychiatrist to write about the cluster of symptoms that would come to be called “Walking Corpse Syndrome.” But his work was unfinished, and left a great deal of room for debate about it among his colleagues.

Holly's Research:

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