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The limits of Munchausen's syndrome.

Authors
  • McDonald, A
  • Kline, S A
  • Billings, R F
Type
Published Article
Journal
Canadian Psychiatric Association journal
Publication Date
Jun 01, 1979
Volume
24
Issue
4
Pages
323–328
Identifiers
PMID: 466627
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The authors review the literature on Munchausen's syndrome and speculate about possible underlying psychological mechanisms. The proposed DSM III classification of factitious illnesses suggests a continuum from hysteria on one end of the spectrum to malingering on the other. Two case studies are presented which represent variants of this syndrome. Both patients were given a sodium amytal interview, a procedure not previously reported in the Munchausen's literature. The procedure was helpful in eliciting a more accurate history and a clearer sense of the underlying dynamics. Some suggestions for further research are made.

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