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‘Insanity’ and ‘Delusion’

1. The term ‘insanity’ no longer exists in recent international systems of psychiatric classification. There is, on the other hand, the concept of delusion, which can occur either (a) as a functional illusory disturbance (‘paranoia’), or (b) with diseases of the schizophrenic group, and further, (c) as an organic illusory disturbance occurring with illnesses of the brain (tumor, inflammation of the bra…

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Klosinski, Gunther, “Insanity”, in: The Brill Dictionary of Religion, Edited by Kocku von Stuckrad. Consulted online on 21 January 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124332, 20051223

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