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Die Krankheitserfinder: Wie wir zu Patienten gemacht werden [Disease Mongers: How we all become Patients]

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7424.1173 (Published 13 November 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:1173
  1. Annette Tuffs, medical journalist (ATuffs@web.de)
  1. Neckargemünd, Germany

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    Jörg Blech

    S Fischer, €;17.90, pp 256

    ISBN 3 10 004410 Xhttp://www.s-fischer.de/

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    When the German journalist Jörg Blech read a press release claiming that a university professor had confirmed a new psychiatric diagnosis for stressed fathers—“caged tiger syndrome”—he felt enough was enough. Blech, medical correspondent on the weekly news magazine Der Spiegel, decided it was time to write a book about invented diseases.

    Die Krankheitserfinder: Wie wir zu Patienten gemacht werden [Disease Mongers. How we all become Patients] is a worthy and well written successor to Anglo-American publications from the 1990s, such as Lynn …

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