Treating anorexia nervosa

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7024.182 (Published 20 January 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:182

Psychiatrists have mixed views on use of terminal care for anorexia nervosa

  1. Rosalind Ramsay,
  2. Janet Treasure
  1. Senior registrar Consultant psychiatrist Bethlem and Maudsley NHS Trust, Maudsley Hospital, London SE5 8AZ

    EDITOR,—We agree with Janice Russell that doctors must constantly review their treatment of patients with anorexia nervosa.1 Russell refers to a recent case in which a 24 year old patient with anorexia nervosa was given morphine in a terminal care institution, where she died within eight days.2 Russell suggests that this raises “disturbing questions for those who battle with this common and tragic illness.”

    To investigate the attitudes of psychiatrists who treat such patients we sent a short …

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