Itinerant Patient with Hematologic Abnormalities

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To the editor: The patient with “Munchausen's syndrome” previously described in your journal (1, 2) in the August and November 1976 issues remains active. He was recently admitted to the Martha Jefferson Hospital in Charlottesville, Virginia, with symptoms of ureteral colic, claiming to be a safety engineer for Boeing Aircraft. During his brief hospitalization his attending urologist received a call from the “medical director” of Boeing Aircraft requesting that the patient be released from the hospital to investigate an airline crash. Subsequent evaluation revealed that the patient had never been employed by Boeing, and the patient later admitted that he

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