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February 4, 1956

WANDERING EX-PATIENT

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

JAMA. 1956;160(5):415. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02960400073021

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Abstract

To the Editor:—  I should like to continue to inform The Journal readers about the peregrinations of an ex-patient, Leo Lamphere, Two previous letters published in the Correspondence section have related how this patient for the past two years has gone from hospital to hospital across the United States with complaints of hemoptysis, thrombophlebitis, and presumptive pulmonary infarction. The dozens of hospitals in which this man has found shelter include the University of Iowa hospital, the University of Wisconsin hospital, and the University of Michigan hospital. Through the columns of The Journal, the medical profession is gradually becoming aware of this man's existence. He was rapidly discharged from the University of Michigan hospital only to find his way to Colorado General Hospital in Denver. One of the interns there remembered having seen the patient at Highland Alameda County Hospital in California with self-inflicted gum lacerations. The patient was promptly discharged

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