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Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie 15 (1973) 1, 371 - 375

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Enige opmerkingen over pyromanie en pyromanen

R.C. Hoekstra

Eight patients with the symptom of pyromania were described in their overall symptomatology. Many points of difference with the fire-setter syndrome of Mach and Mack (1) were described. The symptom of pyromania was conceived as an unconscious signal for deep-seated sexual problems. The importance for diagnosis, therapy and prevention were described. Two of the eight patients committed, more thans ten years after the pyromania, a sexual killing.