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Munchausen's Syndrome by Proxy

The Question of Psychiatric Illness in a Child

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  02 January 2018

Geoffrey C. Fisher*
Affiliation:
Departments of Psychiatry and Paediatrics, The University of Calgary, Alberta Children's Hospital, 1820 Richmond Rd, S.W. Calgary, Alberta T2T 5CV7, Canada
Ian Mitchell
Affiliation:
Department of Paediatrics, The University of Calgary
Douglas Murdoch
Affiliation:
Department of Psychiatry, The University of Calgary
*
Correspondence

Abstract

We believe the case of a boy whose mother insisted he was psychotic is the first report considering psychiatric illness in a child as part of the Munchausen's syndrome by proxy (MSP) complex.

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Copyright © Royal College of Psychiatrists, 1993 

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