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Sexual attraction to corpses: a psychiatric review of necrophilia.
Bull Am Acad Psychiatry Law 1989; 17(2):153-63BA

Abstract

The authors review 122 cases (88 from the world literature and 34 unpublished cases) manifesting necrophilic acts or fantasies. They distinguish genuine necrophilia from pseudonecrophilia and classify true necrophilia into three types: necrophilic homicide, "regular" necrophilia, and necrophilic fantasy. Neither psychosis, mental retardation, nor sadism appears to be inherent in necrophilia. The most common motive for necrophilia is possession of an unresisting and unrejecting partner. Necrophiles often choose occupations that put them in contact with corpses. Some necrophiles who had occupational access to corpses committed homicide nevertheless. Psychodynamic themes, defense mechanisms, and treatment for this rare disorder are discussed.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Psychiatry, Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital, Ohio 44109.

Pub Type(s)

Case Reports
Journal Article
Review

Language

eng

PubMed ID

2667656

Citation

Rosman, J P., and P J. Resnick. "Sexual Attraction to Corpses: a Psychiatric Review of Necrophilia." The Bulletin of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, vol. 17, no. 2, 1989, pp. 153-63.
Rosman JP, Resnick PJ. Sexual attraction to corpses: a psychiatric review of necrophilia. Bull Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 1989;17(2):153-63.
Rosman, J. P., & Resnick, P. J. (1989). Sexual attraction to corpses: a psychiatric review of necrophilia. The Bulletin of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law, 17(2), pp. 153-63.
Rosman JP, Resnick PJ. Sexual Attraction to Corpses: a Psychiatric Review of Necrophilia. Bull Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 1989;17(2):153-63. PubMed PMID: 2667656.
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