19 Things To Know About Munchausen Syndrome By Proxy

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The syndrome is named after an 18th-century Baron.

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Rudolf Erich Raspe created the fictional Baron Munchausen. In 1785, the infamous con-artist wrote a book that was loosely based on the German nobleman, Freiherr von Münchhausen. The real-life baron told stories about his time in the military. However, the fictional character told stories about riding on a cannonball, fighting a forty-foot crocodile, and traveling to the Moon. The real baron was insulted by the satirical novel. Therefore Rudolf Erich Raspe chose to keep his work anonymous until much later in life. People with the disorder are like the fictional baron because they both tell outrageous tall tales for attention.

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