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April 11, 1891

Has Omaha Found Munchausen's Mantle?

JAMA. 1891;XVI(15):534. doi:10.1001/jama.1891.02410670030015

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Abstract

To the Editor:  —The extraordinary case reported by Dr. Galbraith, of Omaha, in which the temperature of a lady with a slow pulse rose at times to 151° F., requiring the construction of new thermometers to register the phenomenon, scores another point for science. The average layman would doubtless flout such a story as ridiculous. He'd vow the doctor had conjured up this "whopper" only to see how great fools we mortals be, who should believe it. But in scientific matters of a medical nature, laymen don't know. In the presence of a wonder like this, they'd do like the old Dutch emigrant who chanced to go to a hot spring for water as he was about to camp for the night. When the hot water splashed up on his hands, he dropped the bucket in great fright and cried out to his son: "Trive on, Hans. Hell ish not

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