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News Mon Aug 24 2009

A Real Case of Capgras

Those of you reading Richard Powers's The Echo Maker with us will be interested in reading this very recent New York Times article that Alice brought to my attention. While The Echo Maker's Mark Schluter's misidentification disorder is trauma induced, the mysterious Capgras syndrome is usually found absent of trauma. However, this article follows a 19-year-old named Adam, convinced that his mother is a fake and doesn't "live in the real world," whose own Capgras was the result of a motorcycle accident much like Mark's near-fatal car accident. The article gives some good outside information that will help shed a little bit of light on what, for most of us, is a completely unheard of syndrome and lend some credibility to Powers's story.

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