orphan patient

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A patient with primary hypochondriasis who has its psychodynamic origin in the unconscious gratification of bodily symptoms and physical suffering that begins when a patient mistakenly assigns serious disease to normal bodily functions or to benign symptoms of trivial illnesses or to the somatic symptoms of emotional arousal

orphan patient

Psychiatry A Pt with primary hypochondriasis that has its psychodynamic origin in the unconscious gratifications of bodily Sx and physical suffering that begins when a Pt mistakenly assigns serious disease to normal bodily functions or to benign Sx of trivial illnesses or to the somatic Sx of emotional arousal. See Munchausen syndrome, Self-mutilation.
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The patient had no family doctor or cardiologist; his "physician," in truth, was the VA hospital, and the choice of surgeons had been made by an earlier agreement between two hospital administrators.