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Art and Images in Psychiatry
November 2014

Anorexia Nervosa and Anorexia MirabilisMiss K. R— and St Catherine of Siena

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Developmental Neuropsychiatry, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland
JAMA Psychiatry. 2014;71(11):1212-1213. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2013.2765

The want of appetite is, I believe, due to a morbid mental state…. I prefer…the more general term [anorexia] “nervosa,” since the disease occurs in males as well as females, and is probably rather central than peripheral.

Sir William Gull, 18741(p310,311)

I say it to you in the sight of God, that in every possible way I could I always forced myself once or twice a day to take food; and I pray to God…that he will grace me in this matter of eating so I may live like other creatures, if this is his will.…

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