The internet as a resource for teaching students about the features of psychosis: a case report


Saxby Pridmore,Garry Walter

Patients with florid psychosis are not always available to be interviewed for teaching purposes. In this regard, resources on the web can prove useful. We sought to describe a case of psychosis, available on the internet, which has potential as a teaching tool. The material identified included hand written notes and audio recordings by a woman who subsequently murdered her son and completed suicide. These materials were released by the police.The materials provide evidence of bizarre delusions, auditory hallucinations and lack of insight. There is also a suggestion of a degree of healthy functioning, insofar as one recording apologizes to the business where the murdersuicide was later performed.The internet contains potential valuable patient materials that may be used for teaching medical students.