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Munchausen by proxy by internet and pets
  1. James A. Oxley1 and
  2. Marc D. Feldman2
  1. 135 Farnes Drive, Gidea Park, Romford, Essex RM2 6NS, e-mail:
  2. 2Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA

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MUNCHAUSEN by proxy (MBP) is a form of maltreatment involving the falsification and/or actual infliction of injury or illness on a proxy. The proxy can be a child, dependent adult, or animal, and the primary purpose is for the caregiver to gain attention from medical or veterinary staff and often from the larger community (Meadow 1977). To date, there have been several published MBP cases involving the victimisation of cats, dogs and, most recently, horses (Munro and Thrusfield 2001, RSPCA 2011, Oxley and Feldman 2016). Although MBP involving pets is apparently uncommon, more research is needed on this topic to acquire information …

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