"Munchausen by proxy syndrome": not just pathological parenting but also problematic doctoring? Another view.

Kieran T Moran
Med J Aust 2003; 178 (3): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2003.tb05105.x
Published online: 3 February 2003

Much has been written about the motivation of perpetrators in Munchausen by proxy syndrome (MBPS), but little, as far as I know, about the motivation of doctors who "collude" with parents in these behaviours. In general, I have no quibble with the analysis by Jureidini and colleagues.1 It is interesting, as they have done, to put forward a theory as to why doctors who are motivated to make "the diagnosis" might fail to recognise invented illness; however, the motivation of the "relentless investigator" is not the only one that should be examined.

  • Kieran T Moran

  • Child Protection Unit, Sydney Children's Hospital, Sydney, NSW.


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