Confabulatory delusional states : 1911 : Ernest Dupré & Jean Logre

by Julia Evans on January 1, 1911

Originally published in:

Les délires d’imagination, Encéphale, vol 6a, p209-232

Translation into English of p209-232

Confabulatory delusional states : 1911 : Ernest Dupré & Jean Logre

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p157- 167 of The Clinical Roots of the Schizophrenia Concept : 28th November 1986 : John Cutting & Michael Shepherd (Editors & Authors) :

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Quoted from ‘The Clinical Roots of the Schizophrenia Concept’

Ernest Dupré (1862-1921)

Ernest Dupré was born in Marseilles but spent most of his life in Paris. His father became a teacher of rhetoric in a Parisian grammar school. After qualifying as a physician he studied general medicine for several years and then chose to specialise in psychiatry. He became the director of a hospital for the criminally insane and most of his publications reflect his interest in forensic psychiatry.

During the First World War he campaigned for more adequate psychiatric services for the French soldiers and described the frequent occurrence of a neurotic reaction among combatants, which one of his pupils termed ‘Dupré’s disease’. Dupré was a cultured man who tried, in his writings, to accommodate the 19th century views of Morel and Magnan on ‘degenerates’ with more enlightened and psychological notions of how disturbed imagination and emotional disorder could lead to antisocial behaviour.

Dupré is celebrated for inventing the term ‘mythomania’- a tendency in some people to fabricate the events of their life. The article selected here, which he wrote with Logre, is an attempt to explain how this mythomanic tendency could lead to the development of a psychosis.

Jean Logre (1883-1963)

Jean Logre was born in Lisieux in Normandy. He studied medicine in Paris and then turned to psychiatry, first as a pupil and then as a collaborator with Dupré. He was appointed director of the hospital for the criminally insane in Paris on the death of de Clérambault.

Logre was a cultured man, an expert on Latin verse, who was respected by the French psychoanalytical school. He wrote a comprehensive textbook of psychiatry. The article translated here illustrates his interest in forensic and nosological issues.

Quoted by Jacques Lacan :

‘The Case of Aimée, or Self-punitive Paranoia’: Jacques Lacan: 1932 or here

Further texts

By Ernest Dupre & Jean Logre here

By John Cutting here

By Michael Shepherd here

By Jacques Lacan here

Case studies here

Of the clinic here

Lacanian History here