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A Closer Look (False Diagnosis) #791293

ABC Evening News for Friday, May 27, 2005
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(Studio: Elizabeth Vargas) A closer look at whether mothers are losing custody of their children due to a medical mistake introduced; details given about the rare condition of Munchausen syndrome by proxy in which mothers hurt their children to get attention.

(Los Angeles: Brian Rooney) Special report on the false accusation of Munchausen syndrome by proxy against parents presented; details given about the discovery that of 200 mother diagnosed with Munchausen 123 had children taking drugs {Reglan & Propulsid/Cisapride} for digestive trouble with the resulting side effects being classic Munchausen symptoms. [Parent Shira ATKINSON†- reacts to losing all her children; worries about being accused again.] [Forensic psychologist Eric MART†- says Munchausen syndrome by proxy is currently all the rage.] [Documentary director Nonny de la PENA†- comments on the findings.]

Vargas, Elizabeth;
Rooney, Brian

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