Anorexia nervosa

Gerald Russell

in New Oxford Textbook of Psychiatry

Second edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199696758
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191743221 | DOI:
Anorexia nervosa

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The chapter begins by describing the two different approaches in the conceptualization of anorexia nervosa, before covering the epidemiology, aetiology, clinical features both of classical anorexia nervosa (postpubertal) and anorexia nervosa of early onset (premenarchal), classification, course, and prognosis. Treatment is covered in detail, and the chapter provides both a review of the evidence and advice on management. The chapter ends with a discussion of ethical and medico-legal issues and prevention.

Chapter.  23474 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Psychiatry

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