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September 17, 1955


Author Affiliations

Department of Internal Medicine State University of Iowa University Hospitals Iowa City.

JAMA. 1955;159(3):213-214. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02960200059015

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To the Editor:—  I should like once again to call attention to my letter published in The Journal, March 5, page 842, entitled "Missing Hospital Patient." Since publication of this letter I have received numerous replies, from California to Wisconsin, concerning previous hospital admissions of Mr. Leo Lamphere. After escaping from the Iowa Mental Hospital, Lamphere made his way to Wisconsin. He stopped at several hospitals in Illinois, always presenting with hemoptysis and thrombophlebitis and always signing himself out before definite diagnosis could be made. He finally made his way to the Wisconsin State University Hospital, where his behavior paralleled that at the State University of Iowa Hospitals. He is reported to have slashed his femoral artery with a razor. He was transferred to the State Hospital for the Criminally Insane at Waupun, Wis. I wrote to this institution giving them the facts about this extraordinary patient and received no

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