Medicine: Medical Munchausen

The hulking (260 Ibs.) six-footer told the desk sergeant in Crawfordsville, Ind. that while he was working on a nearby farm, some baling wire had stuck in his legs. He had had a tetanus shot, he added, but by now the pain was terrible: he could barely walk, needed medical attention—but could not pay for it. He was, he said, Leo Lamphere, 47, of Watertown, N.Y. The sympathetic sergeant called a doctor who saw what looked like clots in the veins on both 'Lamphere's legs, ordered him to Culver Union Hospital. There Lamphere began...

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