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March 7, 1942

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JAMA. 1942;118(10):823. doi:10.1001/jama.1942.02830100053015

TSUNEYOSHI KOBA MEETS THE F. B. I.  The Baltimore Sun of February 17 reports the arrest of Tsuneyoshi Koba, celebrated medical impostor, by the Baltimore office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The Journal published an article concerning Koba, his various aliases and his various attendance at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in the issue of Nov. 16, 1940. A previous article concerning him appeared in The Journal, Aug. 1, 1931. Of particular interest was his claim at the time of his arrest that he was planning to make his residence in Baltimore once again and to seek employment as an intern at one of the Baltimore hospitals. He was taken into custody in an enemy alien roundup, on warrants charging him with failure to obtain permission to travel as a Japanese alien from St. Louis to Baltimore, failing to possess an alien registration card and falsely

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