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Munchausen syndrome/Munchausen syndrome by proxy.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9153796     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Munchausen syndrome (MS) is characterized by patients' chronic and relentless pursuit of medical treatment for combinations of symptoms of consciously self-inflicted injury and falsely reported symptomatology. MS patients are adults, as are perpetrators of Munchausen syndrome by proxy (MSBP). MSBP is an unusual form of child abuse in which a parent, usually the mother, brings a child for medical attention with symptoms falsified or directly induced by the mother. Most reports of MSBP have been of a few cases appearing in medical and pediatric literature. Motivation in both disorders is unclear, and diagnosis and treatment present difficult problems that require more research.
J B Murray
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of psychology     Volume:  131     ISSN:  0022-3980     ISO Abbreviation:  J Psychol     Publication Date:  1997 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-06-18     Completed Date:  1997-06-18     Revised Date:  2005-11-16    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376332     Medline TA:  J Psychol     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  343-52     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychology, St. John's University, Jamaica, NY 11439, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Child, Preschool
Munchausen Syndrome / diagnosis*
Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy / diagnosis*

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