Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/2440/33042
Type: Journal article
Title: "Munchausen by proxy syndrome": not only pathological parenting but also problematic doctoring?
Author: Jureidini, J.
Shafer, A.
Donald, T.
Citation: Medical Journal of Australia, 2003; 178(3):130-132
Publisher: Australasian Med Publ Co Ltd
Issue Date: 2003
ISSN: 0025-729X
1326-5377
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Jon N Jureidini, Allan T Shafer and Terence G Donald
Abstract: Certain social expectations of medicine combine with characteristics of subspecialised technological paediatrics to facilitate the form of child abuse labelled "Munchausen by proxy syndrome". Examining this form of child abuse highlights possible shortcomings of medical practice. The primary medical tasks of diagnosing and curing illness and of preventing suffering are sometimes overridden by other motivations of which doctors may not be fully aware. More open discussion of what motivates health professionals in their work may improve medical practice and lead to a reduced incidence of Munchausen by proxy syndrome.
Keywords: Humans; Diagnosis, Differential; Attitude of Health Personnel; Mother-Child Relations; Parents; Physician's Role; Munchausen Syndrome; Child Abuse; Clinical Competence; Adult; Child; Female
Description: The document attached has been archived with permission from the editor of the Medical Journal of Australia. An external link to the publisher’s copy is included.
RMID: 0020032539
Published version: http://www.mja.com.au/public/issues/178_03_030203/jur10360_fm.html
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