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The former nurse was diagnosed as suffering from Munchausen syndrome by proxy when she carried out the attacks between 1991 and 1993.
No-one is sure what causes Munchausen syndrome by proxy.
Mis-diagnosis of Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy, a literature review, Harvard Rev Psychiatry 1999, 7: 94-101.
Protect the children: Be on the lookout for Munchausen syndrome by proxy.
called Munchausen Syndrome by proxy, pediatric symptom falsification, or
Whatever the outcome, I hope that this hearing does not overshadow all the work he has completed over his long and distinguished career, including on Fabricated or Induced Illness, which was formerly known as Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy.
Unlike Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy or factitious disorder by proxy, the diagnosis of PCF is not concerned with caretaker's motives.
Judge Hopkins said: 'I wonder if this is a case, if it's no longer an inappropriate description, of Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy (an illness where parents deliberately harm their children).
Both Munchausen syndrome and Munchausen syndrome by proxy fall within this category when they involve dermatologic wounds.
It follows growing concerns about cases involving a diagnosis of Munchausen syndrome by proxy, which says parents hurt children to bring attention to themselves.
Paediatrician Dr Paul Davis said the mum exhibited classic symptoms of Munchausen Syndrome By Proxy (MSBP) - a condition first diagnosed by discredited child-death expert, Professor Sir Roy Meadow.
Affected patients seek to simulate true medical illness, whether their wounds are self-inflected, as in Munchausen syndrome, or the parent inflicts them on a child, as in Munchausen syndrome by proxy.
He had invented Munchausen syndrome by proxy and lived on it ever since as a permanent professional witness, she told the Commons.