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19 Things To Know About Munchausen Syndrome By Proxy

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It is a very controversial disorder.

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Doctors can misdiagnose patients with Munchausen syndrome by proxy. Only 0.5percent percent of patients in a psych ward in Italy had Munchausen syndrome by proxy according to the Association of British Pediatric Nurses. Roy Meadow was an expert witness of Munchausen syndrome by proxy. He determines whether perpetrators have Munchausen syndrome by proxy or not. He has misdiagnosed women with Munchausen syndrome by proxy several times. Sally Clark was wrongly convicted of Munchausen syndrome by proxy for the death of her two infant sons in 1999. In 2003, Frederick Curzon argued that Munchausen syndrome by proxy is not real. He believed that parents abused their children and covered it up by pretending that their children are ill. He did not think parents received gratification from their children being ill. The Dee Dee Blanchard case makes it clear that Munchausen syndrome by proxy does in fact exist.

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