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February 1977

Evaluation of a Screening Interview for Briquet Syndrome (Hysteria) by the Study of Medically Ill Women

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine (Drs Reveley, Robins, Reich, and Helzer), and the Department of Mathematics (Dr Taibleson), Washington University, St Louis.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1977;34(2):145-149. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1977.01770140035003

• A screening interview for Briquet syndrome consisting of 14 symptom questions was administered to a group of 50 medically ill women. No patient was found eligible for a diagnosis of Briquet syndrome, a frequency less than the estimated general population prevalence of 1% to 2% When symptoms explainable by known organic disorder were considered positive, 14% of patients became eligible for the diagnosis. We consider this a low enough rate to allow screening by lay interviewers. A frequency distribution of symptoms comparing the medically ill women and a group of psychiatric clinic women with Briquet syndrome shows that the Briquet group had both more symptoms and distinctive patterns of symptoms.