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Anorexia nervosa in American blacks

Authors
Journal
Journal of Psychiatric Research
0022-3956
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
19
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/0022-3956(85)90016-0
Disciplines
  • Medicine

Abstract

Abstract Five cases of anorexia nervosa in black American patients are presented. All had lost parents by death or divorce. Three had a family history of obesity and of a physical illness related to obesity. Two were male and both of these had a previous history of serious psychiatric disturbance. Three patients had a first or second degree relative with affective disorder. Two patients showed a primary lack of sexual interest and one male was bisexual. Four of the patients came from social classes 3–5.

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