HEINRICH TAEGTMEYER, M.D.
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To the editor: Sociopathic patients who feign illness are thought to have the "Munchausen Syndrome." From my boyhood in Germany I remember Munchausen's tales in a slightly different way: as examples of obvious and ridiculous lies. I am still somewhat puzzled about how the "Liar Baron" could find his way into the medical literature.
Nonetheless the history of Munchausen's tales might be of some interest to readers. I, like Dr. Brugsch (Ann Intern Med 86:833-834, 1977), was curious about the correct spelling of Munchausen's name, and as a result I recently was able to learn about the unusual bilingual heritage
TAEGTMEYER H. Munchausen to Münchhausen. Ann Intern Med. 1977;87:379–380. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-87-3-379_4
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1977;87(3):379-380.
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