Voices of Reason, Voices of Insanity: Studies of Verbal HallucinationsBMJ 2000; 321 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.321.7275.1537/a (Published 16 December 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:1537
- David Ames, associate professor of psychiatry of old age
- Royal Melbourne Hospital, Australia
Ivan Leudar, Philip Thomas
Brunner-Routledge, £15.99, pp 240 ISBN 0 415 14787 5
When I began training in psychiatry in 1982 I was taught that the form of patients' unusual experiences was usually more important than the content when making a psychiatric diagnosis. Despite this, one patient sticks in my mind.
This man had shot himself in the roof of the mouth in an attempt to rid himself of chastising voices which he thought came from the head of his late wife's doctor attached to his shoulder. It seemed to me that the content of these experiences might have been important in determining his behaviour.
Leudar and Thomas would have sympathised with my …