Patients' beliefs hinder treatment

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7024.182a (Published 20 January 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:182
  1. John Sharkey
  1. Trainee in psychiatry Shaftesbury Square Hospital, Belfast BT2 7BG

    EDITOR,—Janice Russell clearly describes the good reasons for a multidimensional approach to the treatment of anorexia nervosa.1 The individual aspects necessary are further affirmed by the Personal View written by an anorexic patient.2 An important factor, relevant to treatment, that has received scant attention is the way in which patients with anorexia nervosa imbue thinness with magical properties.

    Many patients with …

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