The Scientific Review of Mental Health Practice

Objective Investigations of Controversial and Unorthodox Claims in Clinical Psychology, Psychiatry, and Social Work

Munchausen's Syndrome (Factitious Disorder) by Proxy

A Brief Review of Its Scientific and Legal Status

Eric G. Mart - Highland Psychological Services, Manchester, New Hampshire

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Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Eric G. Mart, Ph.D., ABPP, Highland Psychological Services, 311 Highlander Way, Manchester, NH; E-mail:

Munchausen’s syndrome (factitious disorder) by proxy is a diagnosis that has received increasing attention in recent years. Despite numerous clinical case studies on the subject, the scientific and legal status of this diagnosis remains controversial. This article reviews scientific issues related to this diagnosis and the response of the courts to testimony regarding the syndrome. Suggestions are offered for fairer and more accurate diagnosis and testimony in cases of medical child abuse.

You can read the full text of this article in
The Scientific Review of Mental Health Practice
, vol. 1, no. 1 (Spring/Summer 2002).
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