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Israel prepares for “Jerusalem syndrome”

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: (Published 20 February 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:484
  1. Judy Siegel-Itzkovich
  1. Jerusalem

    Israel's mental health services met recently to prepare for a major increase in the “Jerusalem syndrome,” with the expected increase in visitors to the Holy Land at the start of the next millennium

    The temporary psychiatric condition-characterised by patients believing that they have become biblical figures such as Jesus, John the Baptist, or Moses-has been known to Israeli psychiatrists for decades. It affects mainly Christian pilgrims but is occasionally diagnosed in Jews who tour holy …

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