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Sept 21, 1963

Leo Lamphere Strikes Again

JAMA. 1963;185(12):984. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03060120094039

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Abstract

To the Editor:—  Leo Lamphere, so well described by Dr. John S. Chapman in an earlier issue of The Journal (165:927 [Oct 26] 1957), appeared at the emergency room of The New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center on May 16, 1963. He alleged that he had been working as a carpenter in White Falls, N.Y., when a large piece of lumber fell on his legs. The legs had become swollen, and after appearing at a private physician's office complaining of pleuritic pain in the right side of his chest, he had been admitted to a small hospital upstate. Because of dissatisfaction with the facilities of that hospital, he had signed out after 30 min and traveled by bus to New York City.When seen by the admitting officer, he first insisted that he be allowed to use the bathroom. When he returned, he promptly coughed up 30 cc of bright

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