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HALLUCINATION, med. jur. It is a species of mania, by which "an idea reproduced by the memory is associated and embodied by the imagination." This state of mind is sometimes called delusion or waking dreams.
     2. An attempt has been made to distinguish hallucinations from illusions; the former are said to be dependent on the state of the intellectual organs and, the latter, on that of those of sense. Ray, Med. Jur. Sec. 99; 1 Beck, med. Jur. 538, note. An instance is given of a temporary hallucination in the celebrated Ben Johnson, the poet. He told a friend of his that he had spent many a night in looking at his great toe, about which he had seen Turks and Tartars, Romans and Carthagenians, fight, in his imagination. 1 Coll. on Lun. 34. If, instead of being temporary, this affection of his mind had been permanent, he would doubtless have been considered insane. See, on the subject of spectral illusions, Hibbert, Alderson and Farrar's Essays; Scott on Demonology, &c.; Bostock's Physiology, vol. 3, p. 91, 161; 1 Esquirol, Maladies Mentales, 159.

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Relation between command hallucinations and dangerous behavior.
(12) Voice Compliance Scale (VCS) is an observer rated scale aimed exclusively at measuring the frequency of command hallucinations and the level of obedience or confrontation with each recognized command.
Although individual studies have documented a role for command hallucinations in self-harm behaviour including suicidal behaviour, (32) other studies failed to find any such association.
But although he suffered depression, there was no indication of the "command hallucinations" he was beginning to experience.
Command hallucinations In a schizophrenic do not by themselves render a confession invalid.
(19,28) Patients unduly influenced by command hallucinations, delusional thought processes, mood disturbances, or suicidal ideation may attempt to complete the injury, or reinjure themselves after surgical/urological intervention, which may require safety measures, such as 1:1 observation, restraints, or physical barriers, to prevent reinjury.
But the medical authorities had no idea of the severe "command hallucinations" that started to rage in his head.
Given the high prevalence of command hallucinations in this disorder, prompt and aggressive intervention is called for, said Dr.

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