May 10, 1996 |
A woman once named "mother of the year" by Nancy Reagan was in court for allegedly abusing two foster children in her care in a case that prosecutors attributed to a rare psychological disorder. Prosecutors allege that Yvonne Eldridge starved the two girls and told doctors they suffered from a long list of problems that included vomiting, constipation, seizures, lack of appetite, dehydration, migraine headaches and acute diarrhea.
June 5, 1996 |
Eight years ago, foster mother Yvonne Eldridge was honored at the White House for her dedication to her children. On Tuesday she faced up to seven years in prison for abusing them. Eldridge, 44, cried when a Contra Costa County Superior Court jury delivered the verdict Monday after two days of deliberations.
May 24, 1992 |
Michele and Bill Beideman desperately want their baby back. The question is: Should they get him? It has been an agonizing seven months since the Las Vegas mother took her son, Corbin, 2 1/2, to UCLA Medical Center to find out why he was underweight and sickly--and seven months since doctors refused to return him. A UCLA medical team says the baby is healthy, that it's Michele, 29, who is sick.
August 7, 2006 |
Patients with dramatic tales of maladies that turned out to be made-up occasionally came to the Central Middlesex Hospital in England, where Richard Asher was a senior physician in the late 1940s. Asher wasn't the first to notice such patients -- but he was the first to bring them to the medical community's attention and give their common condition a name: Munchausen's syndrome.
November 5, 2013 |
When the 1980 edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (commonly known as the DSM-3) was being prepared, psychiatrist Allen Frances lobbied for the inclusion of a new diagnosis: masochistic personality disorder. His push failed, and by the time the fourth edition came out in 1994 (edited by Frances), he was glad it had. He no longer believed such a condition existed. Masochistic personality disorder, as Frances had conceived it, "diagnosed" those whose typical behavior brought them unhappiness by "self-sacrifice in the service of maintaining relationships or self-esteem.