Munchausen syndrome

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Munchausen syndrome

[′mu̇n‚chau̇z·ən ‚sin‚drōm]
(psychology)
A personality disorder in which the patient describes dramatic but false symptoms or simulates acute illness, happily undergoing examinations, hospitalization, and diagnostic and therapeutic manipulations, and upon discovery of the real nature of his case often leaves without notice and moves on to another hospital.
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factitious disorder by proxy, ROESLER, supra note 2, at 1; pediatric
A case of factitious disorder by proxy: The role of the health-care system.
In 1995, the American Psychological Association Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 4th Edition (DSM-IV), included a definition for factitious disorder by proxy, which is now the accepted psychiatric category for Munchausen's Syndrome By Proxy (MSBP).