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MAMA/M.A.M.A. - Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy
(Film/Video, Pissant Productions, January 2006)
PAL
"Mama/M.A.M.A." is a groundbreaking film that examines Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy, a bizarre form of supposed child abuse in which a mother pretends her child is ill - or actually makes her child sick- in order to get the sympathy and praise of the medical community. Amy's film questions the validity of Munchausen's Syndrome by Proxy, arguing that in many cases doctors over-medication of infants and over-reliance on lab tests may be the real cause of the childrens' illness rather than abuse by their mothers. (from 10.00)

"Mama/M.A.M.A.", questions the validity of Munchausen's Syndrome by Proxy, arguing that in many cases doctors over-medication of infants and over-reliance on lab tests may be the real cause of the childrens' illness rather than abuse by their mothers. Medium Synopsis: "Mama/M.A.M.A." is a groundbreaking film that examines Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy, a bizarre form of supposed child abuse in which a mother pretends her child is ill - or actually makes her child sick- in order to get the sympathy and praise of the medical community. The film scrutinizes the scientific research surrounding the allegation and, in so doing, questions the very diagnosis itself.Our investigation found that the illnesses supposedly caused by over a hundred "Munchausen Mothers" were in fact the side effects of potentially toxic drugs -- drugs that were never approved for pediatric use. Also, by conducting an experiment with an astonishing result, we demonstrate that the use of laboratory tests as the sole evidence with which to convict a mother needs to be reevaluated. Finally, the film traces the origins of the diagnosis and shows how no one has questioned the dubious science that has led to twenty-five years of tearing mothers and their babies apart...

Running time 1 Hour 40 Minutes