Over at Laura Collins' blog there's a compelling debate raging about treatment for eating disorders. It started with a link to a Student Doctor Network discussion about Maudsley (also known as family-based treatment).
The forum link is a peek into the minds of some medical/psych students who dismiss Maudsley treatment as something that might work only for "the very tame cases" (has anyone out there ever seen a "very tame case" of anorexia?). Students who know nothing about it say confidently that they would "never recommend it."
I would think that given the truly abysmal rates of recovery from eating disorders, medical professionals would be thrilled to learn about a treatment with positive results and an excellent track record. I've got a couple of suggestions for where to start: With this useful Q&A on Maudsley and this article about the University of Chicago's Daniel Le Grange.
And in answer to a comment made on the Student Doctor Network, I love what Dr. Le Grange says at the end of the article: "How can you not talk about food when your daughter is starving?"