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Description - The Spectrum of Factitious Disorders by Marc D. Feldman

"The Spectrum of Factitious Disorders" offers professionals a comprehensive overview of current thinking about patients who feign or induce illness - in themselves or others - to accrue the intangible benefits of the "sick" role. This volume covers innovative techniques and a management approach for treating such patients, stressing the need to treat them with acceptance and understanding. First-person accounts are used to illustrate the intense feelings mobilised in friends, family members, caregivers and patients themselves as factitious disorders play out. Using abundant case material, this work aids mental health practitioners in understanding the phenomenon of "disease-forgery" and addresses its inherent management challenges. Notable contributors provide relevant information on ethical and legal issues in factitious disorders. The clinical features, detection and management of factitious disorder by proxy are explored, along with comprehensive psychosocial assessment and legal issues in such cases.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780880489096
ISBN-10: 088048909X
Format: Hardback
(210mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 264
Imprint: American Psychiatric Press Inc.
Publisher: American Psychiatric Association Publishing
Publish Date: 1-Jul-1996
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Marc D. Feldman

Marc D. Feldman, M.D., is Associate Professor, Vice Chair for Clinical Services, and Director of the Division of Adult Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurobiology at the University of Alabama, Birmingham (UAB). He is also Medical Director of the UAB Center for Psychiatric Medicine. Dr. Feldman has lectured widely to both professional and lay audiences and is the co-author of the book Patient or Pretender: Inside the Strange World of Factitious Disorders. Stuart J. Eisendrath, M.D., is Director of the Consultation-Liaison Program at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center, and a Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine.

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