Investigation into the aetiology and treatment of pica.


The name pica is derived from the Latin word meaning magpie. In reviewing the literature no adequate definitions are to be found. Those of Hubrigkt (1562) and Schrey (1719), as quoted by Cooper (1957), are antiquated and of historical interest only. Pica could be described as a perversion of appetite with persistent and purposeful ingestion of unsuitable… (More)

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