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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We are talking about a lot of people dying from a self-inflicted disease,' said Dr Fisher.
a self-inflicted disease in most cases and, paradoxically, that neoplasm, which claims millions of lives each year around the world, could be easily eradicated by smoking cessation.
And, let's be honest: those who foolishly expose themselves and others to the virus--because of promiscuity or unsafe sex, or because of the use of mind-altering substances--ought to be looked at the same way we look at smokers: they are not innocent victims, they have acquired a self-inflicted disease.
The harrowing harvest of self-inflicted disease alone should show us that we are not biologically autonomous.