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Munchausen syndrome by proxy abuse perpetrated by men
  1. FIONA FINLAY, Consultant Community Paediatrician
  1. Community Child Health Department
  2. Bath NHS House, Newbridge Hill
  3. Bath BA1 3QE, UK
  4. 12 Raby Place, Bath BA2 4EH, UK
    1. SIMON GUITON, Veterinary Surgeon
    1. Community Child Health Department
    2. Bath NHS House, Newbridge Hill
    3. Bath BA1 3QE, UK
    4. 12 Raby Place, Bath BA2 4EH, UK

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      Editor,—Meadow reports unusual illnesses and death of family pets in families studied.1 Dogs or cats died in unusual circumstances, animals were presented to a veterinary surgeon with recurrent illnesses supposedly caused by poisoning, and in one case the family pets and child appeared to be poisoned with the same drug.

      Although Munchausen by proxy is a well recognised syndrome presenting to the medical profession, a literature search by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons failed to find any reference to this syndrome in the veterinary literature. By highlighting this condition to our veterinary colleagues we may be able to establish interprofessional liaison to ensure earlier detection of Munchausen by proxy in both children and animals.

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