Ganser syndrome

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A syndrome characterized by approximate answers, i.e. the patient gives grossly and absurdly false replies to questions, but the reply shows that the question has been understood. For example, the question “What colour is snow?” may elicit the reply “Green”. This can be accompanied by odd behaviour or episodes of stupor. The condition may be due to conversion disorder or to conscious malingering, especially (historically) in prisoners. S. J. M. Ganser (1853–1931), German psychiatrist

Subjects: Medicine and Health — Psychology.

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