Mummification and folie à deux

Deborah Pollak Boughton, Michael K Popkin

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Mummification is the preservation of the effects and/or corpse of a loved one. Psychiatric literature regarding this condition is reviewed and a case is presented in which a mother's paranoid psychosis is discovered following her apparent mummification of her son's corpse. In retrospect, it appears that a diagnosis of folie à deux pertained to this pair. The authors contend that mummification may represent the outcome of a shared delusional system and that failure to establish psychiatric diagnoses in those who practice mummification has been the result of inherent difficulties in diagnosing paranoid disorders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)26-30
Number of pages5
JournalComprehensive Psychiatry
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1989


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