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Commentary: Power of the mind

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 13 July 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:136
  1. Sabina Dosani, consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist (
  1. 1 Maudsley Hospital, London SE5 8AZ

    I hadn't heard of rumination syndrome before reading Mr Neville's story.1 My first thought on hearing about his repeated presentation, negative findings, and distress was that this was a case of somatoform disorder.2 His deterioration after a difficult meeting with a staff member supported that view.

    Is rumination syndrome a distinct syndrome or is it an example of a functional somatic syndrome?3 It is unfortunate that mind-body …

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