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Covert video surveillance in Munchausen's syndrome by proxy

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: (Published 29 January 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:341
  1. D Evans
  1. Centre for Philosophy and Health Care, University College, Swansea SA2 8AW.

    EDITOR, - The measures proposed by D M Foreman and C Farsides to promote the interests of all concerned in the use of covert video surveillance to detect Munchausen's syndrome by proxy are to be applauded.1 It is therefore worrying that those interests have not been better protected when a surveillance programme has been implemented. The fact that the services of the local research ethics committees have not been used highlights loopholes in the process of ethical review. The doctors concerned have chosen …

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