Some reflections on the nature of the eating disorders: On the need for humility


  • Jack L. Katz M.D.

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    1. Dr. Katz is Director, Division of Acute Treatment Services, and Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, Westchester Division
    • Dr. Jack L. Katz, New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, Westchester Division, 2 1 Bloomingdale Road, White Plains, NY 10605.
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While there has been a real and considerable expansion over the past decade and a half in our understanding of the nature and treatment of anorexia nervosa and bulimia, serious gaps in our knowledge still exist. Many aspects of the eating disorders continue to be characterized by seeming paradox or inconsistency. This paper will examine several of these and emphasize how each dictates the need for humility, rather than confident generalization, in our current approaches to these conditions.