A History of Delusions RADIO Radio 4 Scheduled for Monday 3 December
In psychiatry, the term delusion refers to a false idea that a person sustains despite evidence to the contrary. This definition has its roots in 19th-century France, but the story of delusions goes back much further – think of the way clergy were asked to deal with demonic possession.
The topic is explored by experimental psychologist Professor Daniel Freeman over 10 weekday episodes, starting with the 14 Napoleons who presented to Paris’s Bicêtre Asylum in 1840, the year in which that erstwhile emperor’s body was returned to the city.
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