An Example of the Synergism of Functional and Organic Symptomatology in Physical Illness

  • Mounir Samy


On a cold foggy day of November, 1788, the parliamentary committees of England were called in an extraordinary meeting to discuss a most unusual problem. Their king, George III, was “mentally deranged.” The problem was both serious and delicate. The many physicians that attended his mysterious illness agreed that he was “under an entire alienation of mind” and considered “mad.” In January, 1789, a Regency for which the party of the Prince of Wales had been agitating was accepted as inadvoidable. The Bill had passed the Commons and was in progress through the lords when the King, most unexpectedly, began to recover. An amendment was announced, thanksgiving prayers were offered, and the “King resumed personal exercise of his Royal Authority.”


Mental Symptom Acute Intermittent Porphyria Acute Porphyria Unusual Problem Personal Exercise 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • Mounir Samy
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  1. 1.Dept. of PsychiatryMontreal Children’s HospitalMontrealCanada

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