This article endeavors to present an overview of the current state of the science regarding Munchausen by proxy syndrome. A brief history of the syndrome culminating in its current definition is provided, along with the most recent clinical information concerning initial detection of the syndrome, methods of its investigation, and current research trends and needs. Though a comprehensive review of the literature on this subject informs much of the article, the authors' experience with cases referred to their practice supplements the existing knowledge-base.
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