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Management of anorexia nervosa revisited

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 29 April 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1075

Emphasis needs to continue to shift to outpatient care

  1. Mark Berelowitz, consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist (
  1. Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust, London NW3 2QG

    EDITOR—Russell argues that funding should be more readily available for the private inpatient treatment of anorexia nervosa.1 She says that “some patients” need inpatient care, but she does not say which patients. This is the crux of the problem.

    Inpatient care will continue to be used in some of the most difficult cases, but it should be viewed with caution. I am disappointed that Russell (and her …

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