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September 1966

Presidential Assassination Syndrome: II. Application to Lee Harvey Oswald*

Author Affiliations

From the Psychosomatic and Psychiatric Institute, Michael Reese Hospital, Chicago.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1966;15(3):260-266. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1966.01730150036006

SUBSEQUENT to the assassination of President Kennedy, I began a study of patients who had been committed to the Medical Center for Federal Prisoners in Springfield, Mo in connection with the offense of threatening the President of the United States.1 In utilizing this approach, it was my aim to gain some insight into the assassination and the assassin. As is usual in many scientific investigations, I chose a small, workable, available system to study, which was recognized not to possess all characteristics of the real situation, but did possess enough similarity to serve as an analogous model from which to draw inferences, which could then be tested for applicability to the situation of primary interest—the real assassination and the assassin.

Based upon similarities between these patients and information about Lee Harvey Oswald derived from the news media, it did appear that a

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