Tag Archives: Munchausen syndrome

The doctor and the baron

George Dunea Chicago, Illinois, United States   There was a doctor, and there was a baron. The doctor could write, the baron could fly. On a clear day the baron could have flown on the back of an eagle over Italy and Spain to the Carolinas and the White House. There was also a rogue […]

Dr. Meadow’s Munchausen syndrome by proxy: the history and the controversy

Nereida Esparza Chicago, Illinois, USA   Münchhausen rides a cannonball August von Wille (1828-1887) Munchausen syndrome is a severe psychiatric disorder described in the DSM-IV. In 1951 Dr. Richard Asher named the illness after Baron Munchausen (full name Karl Friedrich Hieronymus, Freiherr von Münchhausen, 1720–1797).1 The German-born baron served in the Russian army until 1750. […]