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Health Anxiety: Clinical and Research Perspectives on Hypochondriasis and Related Conditions

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 23 March 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:742
  1. Richard Mayou, professor of psychiatry
  1. University of Oxford

    Eds Gordon J G Asmundson, Steven Taylor, Brian J Cox

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    Wiley, £27.50, pp 415 ISBN 0 471 49104 7

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    Fear of serious illness is responsible for a high proportion of consultations with doctors. In most cases there is no confirmation of a serious cause and most patients can be easily reassured. Others continue to worry, to experience symptoms, and to limit their lives. Such persistent health anxiety is often difficult to treat and can be made worse by inconsistencies and ambiguities in medical care and by the lack of an acceptable explanation. While “unexplained” symptoms are often seen as an …

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