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Briquet's syndrome I

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A personality disorder in which alcoholism and somatisation disorder occur. The patient reports multiple physical complaints for which there is no physical evidence and which cause her or him to lead a life of semi-invalidism, for which patients seek constant medical attention. Flirtatiousness of female; juvenile sexual offence. In women, high incidence of polysurgery. In men, history of criminal acts and drinking. The symptoms usually begin in adolescence. Associated disorders may include anxiety, depression, antisocial behaviour, interpersonal and marital difficulties, and hallucinations. Prevalent in females - very rare in men. A psychiatric disorder related (but not invariably) to sexual dysfunction.


  • P. Briquet:
    Traité clinique et thérapeutique de l’hysterie. Paris, Bailliere, 1859.
    Also in: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. 3rd edition, Washington, American Psychiatric Association, 1987, pp. 261-264.
  • E. Brissaud, Pierre Marie:
    De la déviation faciale dans l’hémiplégie hystérique. <(i>
    Progrés médical, Paris, 1887; 5: 84.

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