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Arch Dis Child 87:263 doi:10.1136/adc.87.3.263
  • Letter

Munchausen syndrome involving pets by proxies

  1. H S Tucker1,
  2. F Finlay2,
  3. S Guiton3
  1. 1Paediatric Specialist Registrar, Royal United Hospital, Bath, UK
  2. 2Consultant Community Paediatrician, Child Health Department, Bath NHS House, Newbridge Hill, Bath BA1 3QE, UK
  3. 3Veterinary Surgeon, 12 Raby Place, Bath BA2 4EH, UK

    In a letter in 1998 we drew attention to the fact that there was no reference to Munchausen syndrome by proxy described in the veterinary literature.1 Recently Munro and Thrusfield from the Royal School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh have published a paper in the Journal of Small Animal Practice, documenting the first series of reports of suspected Munchausen syndrome by proxy involving pets …