M A D E M O I S E L L E ⋅ X




„In the spring of 1880, the French neurologist Jules Cotard (1840–1889) delivered a lecture to the Société Medico-Psychologique where he reported the case of a 43-year-old woman, whom he referred to as „Mademoiselle X,“ who believed that she had „no brain, nerves, chest, or entrails, and was just skin and bone“, that „neither God or the devil existed“, and that she did not need food for „she was eternal and would live for ever.“ She had asked to be burned alive and had made various attempts at suicide. Mademoiselle X, Dr. Cotard claimed, was suffering from a rare neurological condition he called le délire de negation.“

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