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Type: Journal article
Title: Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy: Child Abuse in the Medical System
Author: Donald, T.
Jureidini, J.
Citation: Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, 1996; 150(7):753-758
Publisher: AMER MEDICAL ASSOC
Issue Date: 1996
ISSN: 1072-4710
1538-3628
Statement of
Responsibility: 
Terence Donald and Jon Jureidini
Abstract: Munchausen syndrome by proxy often is managed differently from other forms of child maltreatment, although it is differentiated from them only by the active engagement with the medical profession in the production of morbidity. We suggest a more rigorous approach to Munchausen syndrome by proxy, with explicit acknowledgment that it is abuse and that the medical system is critical to its genesis. This leads us to question the broadness with which the label is applied (eg, in cases of imposed upper airway obstruction) and to argue for management strategies closer to those accepted for other forms of child maltreatment.
Keywords: Humans; Parent-Child Relations; Physician's Role; Child Abuse; Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy; Child; Infant; Terminology as Topic
Description: Copyright © 1996 American Medical Association
RMID: 0030006007
DOI: 10.1001/archpedi.1996.02170320099017
Published version: http://archpedi.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/abstract/150/7/753
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