Health and Medicine

Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy…on a societal scale?

By Kirsten Mortensen

What if leading healthcare “experts” are psychologically motivated to generate widespread suffering?

Photo by Samuel Ramos on Unsplash

If you’ve ever heard of the psychological disorder Munchausen Syndrome, you have probably also heard of a related disorder called Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy, defined as

a mental health problem in which a caregiver makes up or causes an illness or injury in a person under his or her care…

–“Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy,” C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital Health Library


Most of the time when you hear news stories about Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy, it’s because a caregiver is caught deliberately injuring a child or other vulnerable person, such as an elder or someone who is disabled.

But what if the syndrome also affects public health officials — including the person leading the U.S. response to COVID-19, Dr. Anthony Fauci?

Does that sound preposterous to you?

Things too horrible to contemplate…and yet we must.

“Normal” people are horrified by stories of Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy.


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