Playing Sick?: Untangling the Web of Muchausen Syndrome, Munchausen by Proxy, Malingering, and Factitious Disorder / Edition 1

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In this book Marc Feldman, describes people's strange motivations to fabricate or induce illness or injury to satisfy emotional needs, luring doctors and family members into a costly, frustrating, and potentially deadly web of deceit that is estimated to drain billions of dollars each year from the healthcare industry.

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"Marc Feldman's advocacy and educational writing on MBP is fresh, personable and impassioned. That such a collection of information has been brought together in one successful book is a benefit and gift to anyone needing to understand why another would play sick." — Julie Gregory, author of Sickened: The Memoir of a Munchausen by Proxy Childhood

"In this masterful and unprecedented book, Dr. Marc Feldman has captured the essence of feigned illness and the underlying motivations for assuming the sick role. The origins and impact of 'playing sick' are clearly depicted with practical advice for those affected and a sensible approach to healing." — David G. Folks, Chair, Department of Psychiatry, University of Nebraska at Omaha

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415949347
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/3/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 328
  • Sales rank: 635,818
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Gregory, Forewod. Preface. Acknowledgements. Hamilton, Introduction. Dying for Attention. Disease or Deception? An Overview of the Issues. Pseudologia Fantastica: Lies Larger Than Life. Invading the Body: The Enemy Within. Feverish Ploys. Out of Control: When the Ruse Becomes Real. False Accusations and the Girl Who Cried "Wolf". Drawing Back the Curtains: The Motives Behind the Madness. Mental Masquerades. Munchausen by Proxy: When Factitious Disorder Becomes Abuse. Munchausen by Proxy II: After Detection. Cyber-Deception: Virtual Factitious Disorder and Munchausen by Internet. People Who Care: The Casualties of Deception. Conscience, Ethics, and the Law. Detection and Diagnosis. Healing: Intervention and Treatment. Selected Readings. Selected Websites. Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2005

    Fascinating disorders of forensic & medical psychology

    A quick, fascinating read about numerous topics relevant to forensic psychology and medical professionals alike. Highly recommended to students in particular as they learn to differentiate the differences in these related disorders.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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