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Letters Phantom vibration syndrome

Sixty eight per cent of us hallucinate

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 19 January 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d299
  1. Dave W H Baillie, consultant psychiatrist1
  1. 1North East London Foundation Trust, London, UK
  1. dave.baillie{at}

This survey showed that 68% of medical staff have sensory hallucinations.1 I have experienced similar sensations when carrying a mobile phone with a vibrate function. Hallucinations are perceptions in the absence of a stimulus, and the authors are right to describe these sensations as such.

The authors suggest mechanisms that contribute to …

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