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September 1932

Les malades dits imaginaires.

Arch NeurPsych. 1932;28(3):753-754. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1932.02240030273018

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In choosing the subject of this volume the author struck a valuable note. From the days of Molière, the label "imaginary malady" has been commonly used in a derogatory sense. It is primarily for the sake of these patients and moreover for the good name of the medical profession that any attempt on the part of the physician to demand a more positive statement regarding patients with so-called imaginary illnesses should be welcomed.

Nathan treats his theme under the following five headings: (1) patients with so-called imaginary illnesses because of diagnostic error; (2) those with cenesthopathia; (3) those with obsession and phobias; (4) those with pithiatism, (5) and those with hypochondria. The discussion of each of these groups is the more intelligible, thanks to the fortunate mode of presentation, that is, conciseness and clearness, inherent to the French language, and the relative abundance of clinical material borrowed from the literature