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Ann Intern Med. 1940;14(5):817-838. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-14-5-817
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In 1868 Sir William Gull,1 in an address at Oxford, first referred to a "peculiar form of disease occurring mostly in young women, and characterized by extreme emaciation." He presented a paper on the subject in 1874, in which he stated that the origin of the disease is "to be sought in the disturbance of the mind and a prolonged insufficiency of food and nothing more." Other writers described the condition,2, 3 but Gull deserves credit for the name and the concept of the condition which is accepted at present.

There are several papers by the English writers4, 5, 6,


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