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Sixty seconds on . . . medical gaslighting

BMJ 2022; 378 doi: (Published 09 August 2022) Cite this as: BMJ 2022;378:o1974
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. Kent

Is this something to do with the Ingrid Bergman movie?

That would be the 1944 film Gaslight, which tells the story of a man who manipulates his wife to such an extent that she doubts her own sanity. Since then, the term gaslighting has been widely used to describe any form of emotional abuse that makes someone question their own grasp of reality.

Is Medical Gaslighting the sequel?

No, it’s a term usually used to describe when a medical professional wrongly blames a patient’s …

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