ROBERT A. FAGUET, M.D.
To the editor: In their paper "Probing the Dynamics of Münchausen's Syndrome: Detailed Analysis of a Case," Justus and associates (1) review a number of motivations for the remarkable behavior of patients with Münchausen's syndrome. One of their explanations, that patients are searching for maternal care, is supported by the connection between Münchausen's syndrome (factitious illness, peregrination, Pseudologia fantastica) and the fantasy connected with the rare sexual disorder of necrophilia. This fantasy reflects a specific form of the wish to enter the mother's body and explore its interior and its contents, a wish rooted in the primitive desire to effect
FAGUET RA. Fantasy in Münchausen's Syndrome. Ann Intern Med. ;93:935. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-93-6-935_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1980;93(6):935.
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