BRUSHFIELD-WYATT SYNDROME

n. a familial disorder which causes mental retardation. The condition is characterized by the presence of a port-wine birthmark, and it is marked...

FEE-FOR-SERVICE

This denotes the traditional method of payment for health care services, in which physicians or other providers set their own fees for services...

BARANY TEST

n. a test used for detecting diseases related to the function of the semi-circular canals in the inner ear. Devised by Austrian physician Robert...

BRIQUET'S SYNDROME

n. a personality disorder characterized by frequent, multiple complaints and treatment-seeking behavior despite the lack of physical symptoms to support them. These complaints often...

ANIMAL MAGNETISM

a hypothesized and mystical force that attracts males and females to each other, for the purposes of mating. This term is often used in...

PAYTON, CAROLYN R

An American psychologist, Carolyn Payton is widely recognized as director of the Peace Corps in the late 1970's and as a primary advocate for...

BOARDING-OUT SYSTEM

n. in mental healthcare, refers to a system in which patients with psychotic conditions are placed under the care of a private home or...

MENIERE'S DISEASE

results in a general disorder of balance and hearing due to a build-up of excess fluid in the inner ear. First proposed by French...

APHEMIA

n. Originally defined by French physician Pierre Paul Broca (1824-1880), this refers to a motor aphasia with nonfluency (i.e., lack of speech) but intact...

BECKWITH-WIEDEMANN SYNDROME

n. an overgrowth-related disorder which stems from a problem with insulin growth factor 2. In line with gene encoding, this traces back to...

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