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Anorexia nervosa and the efficacy of an eating disorder service

Anorexia nervosa is the strongest predictor of adolescent mortality with a rate 15 per cent higher than depression (Gowers et al, 2000). The term anorexia nervosa was first coined by Sir William Gull in the late 19th century but knowledge of the illness remained scant until the 1950s. The seminal work by Ancel Keys into starvation, involving a group of conscientious objectors in the 1950s, along with an increase in the popularity of psychiatry, promoted an interest among clinicians ...

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