True liesBMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7013.1172 (Published 28 October 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1172
- Henry R Rollin
Munchausen syndrome came under the scrutiny of Cutting Edge in a programme that illustrated the malignancy of the condition with two well chosen examples--one woman, Nina, and one man, Simon. “Deception” was well researched, well presented, and to both lay and medical audiences most informative. But, one may ask, is it ethical to strip these two characters naked and expose them in our sitting rooms for no matter what reason?
Yes, I think it is. Baron Munchausen, the imaginary 18th century fantasist whose name Richard Asher borrowed to describe the condition, told tall stories of fictitious people and events. The sufferers from the syndrome that bears his name are real people living in a real world who, furthermore, have …