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July 20, 1912


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JAMA. 1912;LIX(3):170-171. doi:10.1001/jama.1912.04270070171004

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Cases of lost personality are by no means rare, but they are always intensely interesting. As a rule, the personality is lost for a single period of time, either long or short. In the case I wish to report, this mental lapse seems to have persisted for about fourteen years, and since it has received considerable publicity, a full report of the medical aspect cannot fail to be of value.

S. C. R. was brought to me late in the evening of Oct. 13, 1911, with the following incomplete history: He had been working in the saw-mill at Port Blakely, one of the near-by towns, for a period of six months. Nine weeks before his entry to the hospital he had been married. Nothing was known of his previous history, but it was supposed that he had served a number of years in the navy. As far as anyone knew

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