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April 12, 1958


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209 W. 34th St. Covington, Ky.

JAMA. 1958;166(15):1899. doi:10.1001/jama.1958.02990150095019

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To the Editor:—  The Munchausen saga of Leo Lamphere seems to run a course for not only the edification of the medical journals but the newspapers as well. The last sentence of Dr. Chapman's letter in The Journal, Feb. 15, 1958, page 823, ends with "permanent custodial care in a mental hospital." The Feb. 18 Cincinnati Post carried the following headlined story: "Law finally catches fantastic hospital bum." It tells how he stumbled into the police station in Crawfordsville, Ind., spitting blood. The officers rushed him to the hospital where his identity was recognized 24 hours later. He was then jailed—pending commitment to a state mental institution at Westville, Ind.On Jan. 20, this same man staggered into the emergency room of the St. Elizabeth Hospital, in Covington, at 3 a. m. He told the intern that he was on a bus on his way to New York and coughed

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