(Münchhausen’s syndrome) a mental disorder in which the patient persistently tries to obtain invasive hospital treatment, especially surgery, for an illness that is nonexistent. The disease may be described in vivid detail, and in some cases injury may be deliberately self-inflicted in an attempt to give the appearance of authenticity to the claims being made. In Munchausen’s syndrome by proxy, the patient (usually a mother) presents false health information about someone (usually her child) or inflicts harm on the child in order to attract medical attention. Baron von Münchhausen, a fictional character in German literature who told exaggerated stories
Subjects: Psychology — Medicine and Health.