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November 21, 1977

Munchausen Syndrome: A New Variant

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Fort Collins, Colo

JAMA. 1977;238(21):2265. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03280220033013

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To the Editor.—  In 1975 we reported in these pages (231:22, 1975) "Major Munchausen," who later appeared at the University of Kansas Medical Center and in March 1977 at Wilmington, Del.Fort Collins, Colo, has been blessed with a new variant of the Munchausen syndrome, a man who has an open admission pass to any hospital in the United States. He appeared at Poudre Valley Memorial Hospital in June 1977 stating he had Wolff-Parkinson-White (WPW) syndrome and severe chest and back pain. His history was changeable, including cardioversion in Phoenix, Ariz (not confirmed by phoning), and admission in Las Vegas in December 1976 with normal coronary arteriography. Also, recent history was given of an alleged head injury on an oil crew in Wyoming and transfer to a neurosurgeon in Salt Lake City and a neurologist in Fort Collins, Colo.Previous physicians were contacted and indicated that he made undue requests