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Citation

MacLean G, Robertson BM. Arch. Gen. Psychiatry 1976; 33(2): 242-249.

Copyright

(Copyright © 1976, American Medical Association)

DOI

unavailable

PMID

1252100

Abstract

We report two cases of self-enucleation and the case histories of the two schizophrenic men who carried out this drastic form of self-mutilation. In a review of the literature and consideration of the case material, it is concluded that castration fears, failure to resolve oedipal conflicts, repressed homosexual impulses, severe guilt, and self-punishment are ubiquitous phenomena in such cases. However, we conclude that psychosis, most probably schizophrenia, with a severe disturbance in body image, are necessary variables in the act of self-enucleation.


Language: en

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