Mandometer treatment of Australian patients with eating disorders

John Court, Cecilia E K Bergh and Per Södersten
Med J Aust 2008; 188 (2): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2008.tb01539.x
Published online: 21 January 2008

To the Editor: The Mandometer treatment for patients with eating disorders (Box 1), developed at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, was brought to the attention of the public and the profession in Australia through Norman Swan’s Health Report in 2003.1 Since then, 40 patients from Australia have received treatment using this method, 29 of whom were treated in Stockholm, seven in Melbourne and four in San Diego.

  • 1 Mandometer Clinic, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 2 Mandometer Clinic, Stockholm, Sweden.
  • 3 Section of Applied Neuroendocrinology, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden.



The cost for the treatment of the patients was covered by their parents or by insurance. We thank the staff of Mandometer Clinics in Stockholm, San Diego and Melbourne for treating the patients and collecting the data in this report.

Competing interests:

John Court is employed by Mandometer Melbourne and receives a salary. Cecilia Bergh and Per Södersten are part-owners of AB Mando, Sweden.

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