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Anorexia nervosa, a psychosomatic disturbance characterized by a stubborn refusal of nourishment, has been referred to as the "encapsulation of a piece of madness in an otherwise sane personality (Dinnage, 1979)". Observed most frequently in adolescent and post-adolescent females (Rowland, 1970; Zeigler & Sours, 1968), anorexia has the dubious distinction of being one of the few psychiatric illnesses that can result in death. Follow-up studies indicate a mortality rate of 7-15% and a morbidity rate of 34% to 65% in terms of chronic psychopathology and social dysfunction (Kay & Leigh, 1952; Kay & Schapira, 1965).