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Why is the disorder called munchausen by proxy?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology
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In brief: Illness in others

This disorder, named for a german storyteller, is a psychiatric condition in which the sufferer knowingly feigns illness and submits themselves to numerous unnecessary treatments including hospitalizations and surgeries.
The by proxy type is when a family member, usually a child, is subjected to the same treatments urged on by usually a mother of the child.

In brief: Illness in others

This disorder, named for a german storyteller, is a psychiatric condition in which the sufferer knowingly feigns illness and submits themselves to numerous unnecessary treatments including hospitalizations and surgeries.
The by proxy type is when a family member, usually a child, is subjected to the same treatments urged on by usually a mother of the child.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
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