MUNCHAUSEN BY PROXY vs. MUNCHAUSEN SYNDROME

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MUNCHAUSEN BY PROXY vs. MUNCHAUSEN SYNDROME

Postby HawkEyes1 » Sat Feb 02, 2008 2:54 am

Since at various times during the course of this case, Kate McCann has been accused by some former posters on the Mirror's HUNT FOR MADDY forum of MUNCHAUSEN BY PROXY, I am posting the differences between MUNCHAUSEN SYNDROME and MUNCHAUSEN BY PROXY for the Reference Forum. Many confused the two conditons and simply dismissed both as no longer recognised by the medical establishment, as a result of the infamous Roy Meadow case. This is not absolutetely true, as Munchausen Syndrome IS recognised by the medical establishment. For the record then:

Munchausen By Proxy was proposed in 1977 by the UK paediatrician Roy Meadow and gained official recognition from the Royal College Of Pediatrics and Child Health in 2002. Nevertheless, not all medical organizations agree on the nature and extent of the syndrome. Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy (MSbP) is often used instead of the term Fabricated or Induced Illness (FII), because of its similarity to Munchausen Syndrome. FII is the formal name of a type of abuse in which a caregiver feigns or induces an illness in a person under their care, in order to attract attention, sympathy, or to fill other emotional needs.

Munchausen Syndrome was first identified in the UK by Sir Richard Asher (father of Jane Asher) in1950. The syndrome name derives from Baron M├╝nchhausen (Karl Friedrich Hieronymus Freiherr von M├╝nchhausen, 1720-1797). He purportedly told many fantastical and impossible adventures about himself, which Rudolf Raspe later published as The Surprising Adventures of Baron Munchausen.

Munchausen syndrome is a psychiatric disorder in which those affected feign disease, illness, or psychological trauma in order to draw attention or sympathy to themselves. It is in a class of disorders known as factitious disorders which involve "illnesses" whose symptoms are either self-induced or falsified by the patient. It is also sometimes known as hospital addiction syndrome. In extremes cases, it often involves a knowlegeable individual simulating the symptoms of the disease, that may also result in unnecessary surgery and prolonged hospital stay.

Munchausen Syndrome remains an official search term in the U.S. National Library of Medicine Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) for use in databases, such as MEDLINE and MedlinePlus. Munchausen by Proxy, however, does NOT appear as an accepted term in MeSH; neither does the term Fabricated or Induced Illness.


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Re: MUNCHAUSEN BY PROXY vs. MUNCHAUSEN SYNDROME

Postby dannybohy » Tue Apr 08, 2008 8:41 am

Bumping coz I want to see what people think!!
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Re: MUNCHAUSEN BY PROXY vs. MUNCHAUSEN SYNDROME

Postby CaboFrio » Fri May 23, 2008 8:13 am

Don't tell me - it went to a penalty shoot-out after extra time?
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