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An insight into eating disorders

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 05 October 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:782
  1. Rhona MacDonald, doctor and novelist (
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    A paper in this week's BMJ reports on the results of using a screening tool for anorexia and bulimia nervosa in primary care (p 755).

    There are many sites about the facts and figures and “medicalisation” of eating disorders. A few give a disturbing insight into the perplexing private hell of the person with the eating disorder.

    “Her body, aching with pain, drowned …

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