Jefferson Journal of Psychiatry



Anorexia nervosa is a serious illness that has generated enormous public interest during recent times. Within the psychiatric field, numerous articles and books have been written about this syndrome. This literature reflects varied theoretical frameworks, from primarily biological approaches to family systems to psychodynamic theory. In this paper I will attempt to integrate family systems and psychodynamic theory in an understanding of a young woman with anorexia nervosa who was treated in a hospital setting.

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