The Memoir of A Munchausen by Proxy Childhood

Book - 2003
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The author describes her life as the daughter of a woman afflicted with Munchausen by proxy, a form of child abuse in which a parent, most often a mother, invents or induces illness in a child in order to gain attention from medical professionals, tells how she was able to save herself, and discusses her efforts to have another young girl removed from her mother's care.
Publisher: New York : Bantam Books, 2003
ISBN: 9780553381979
Branch Call Number: 616.8582239 GRE NVD
Characteristics: ix, 244 p. : ill. ; 22 cm


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CRRL_MegRaymond Nov 10, 2017

Gregory grew up a sickly child, constantly seeing doctors and enduring medical procedures and surgeries. It turns out that she was actually a normal, healthy child - but her mother was sick.

Jun 27, 2017

Horrifying to read; I can't imagine having to survive all that. I admire the author's strength and am still depressed knowing this kind of abuse still happens.

May 26, 2014

This was a great book! The author used lots of descriptive detail to draw you in. The storyline was very realistic, and the addition of the actual medical files was very fascinating.

Feb 03, 2013

The Author of this book seems to only skim across the incidents that happened to her growing up without really going deeply into them. I feel as though she could have brought the reader in deeper to really share in her experiences. There are certain times through the book where she seems to jump around and I find myself stopping to go back and see if I missed something, although I had not.

Nov 12, 2012

This book was so sad. It's difficult for me to imagine a mother that's capable of treating not only her children in a horrific manner, but others who come to share the Gregory household. And the mother never was caught or questioned. I wondered how the people can do such things to others, and sleep at night. Utterly incomprehensible to me!! To me, in the cases I've read about concerning child abuse, Dave Pelzer and Julie Gregory are tied for first place as worst cases of child abuse. And worst cases of authorities, be it teachers, principals, medical personnel, for letting Julie and Dave slip through the cracks. And, yes, even family members, who turned a blind eye or looked the other way while this continued day after day.

Nov 08, 2007

Interesting. She writes like a poet.

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