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Medical Mysteries

  1. May 12, 2004 #1
    This is fascinating: Delusional Parasitosis

    http://www.rgj.com/news/stories/html/2004/05/08/70309.php [Broken]

    5/8/04- Reno Gazette

    "It's dangerous to reinforce their delusion."

    Medical textbooks and journals warn that when a patient visits a
    doctor with samples of "parasites" removed from their skin, it's
    usually an ominous sign of mental illness.

    The medical books also have an explanation for family members or
    friends of patients who witness the strange fibers or parasites.
    It's called "folie a deux" =97 a French term meaning "the madness
    of two." If more than one person testifies to seeing the
    symptoms, then it's called "the madness of three," and so on.

    Thus, witnesses don't count because being a witness is considered
    evidence of sharing the patient's delusions."

    ((And then 'family and friends' become a 'cult')):
    "Adams said he is not familiar with the Morgellon's Research
    Foundation, but said it sounds like a "cult" in which the members
    reinforce each other's psychosomatic symptoms.

    ((Dr. Jay Adams, a Carson City dermatologist))

    Yet patients a continent apart have reported the same symptoms
    and strange parasites long before seeing the Morgellon's Web site
    or talking to other patients with similar symptoms. All said
    their doctors made a snap diagnosis of delusions.

    Lobelia Sharp, a plant pathologist at the University of
    California San Francisco, said she's had the lesions, fibers and
    other symptoms for about six months. She was diagnosed with
    delusional parasitosis, she said.

    "I kept insisting that the doctors look at the fibers coming out
    of my skin," she said. "They said the answer was
    anti-depressants, chemical restraints. I was taken to the
    hospital by ambulance and held in the mental ward."

    "Diseases are defined within a box and thus everything outside
    that box isn't the disease," Harvey said. "That's the way
    medicine and science evolves. All definitions in all texts change
    continuously. In this case we know enough to broaden the size of
    the box....."
    in other words-faced with the 'unknown'- like seeing wierd things in the skies-
    the 'expert' opinion: you're crazy! (and everybody with you!)

    great article-thanks to:

    From: Frank Warren <frank-warren.nul>
    Date: Mon, 10 May 2004 07:25:08 -0700
    Fwd Date: Mon, 10 May 2004 11:25:17 -0400
    Subject: Delusional Parasitosis A Medical Mystery
    Last edited by a moderator: May 1, 2017
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