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

    Nereida Esparza Chicago, Illinois, United States   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…