A motorcycle accident has left him with Cotard's syndrome
, a mental illness which causes him to believe he is dead--nothing more than an amoral empty "Shell".
She has Cotard's syndrome
, a psychotic illness, and spent years in mental institutions during her formative years.
patients may even declare they are dead, yet they can still think--a case of cogito without ergo sum?
Cotard's syndrome in adolescents and young adults: a possible onset of Bipolar disorder requiring a mood stabilizer?
Diurnal variation in Cotard's Syndrome (copresent with Capgras delusion) following traumatic brain injury.
It was his first novel featuring DC Fiona Griffiths, a Cardiff policewoman with an unusual back-story: found abandoned as a young child, she developed Cotard's syndrome, a mental condition that caused her to be institutionalised in her teens and which left her unable to gauge the emotions of others.
Cotard's syndrome is an extraordinary condition in which sufferers think they are dead and it could be said it lends itself to a book about murder, taking the reader into dark and hidden places.