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Science  21 Dec 2007:
Vol. 318, Issue 5858, pp. 1870
DOI: 10.1126/science.1150498

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The Echo Maker. A Novel. By Richard Powers. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, New York, 2006. 459 pp. $25, C$31. ISBN 9780374146351. Heinemann, London, 2007. £17.99. ISBN 9780434016334. Picador, New York, 2007. Paper, $15. ISBN 9780312426439.

The protagonist of this award-winning novel emerges from a coma suffering from Capgras believing that those around him are all impostors, and his condition attracts the attention of a neuroscientist-author.