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Baron Munchausen

Baron Munchausen, by Gustave Dore

Baron Munchausen was a legendary teller of tall tales. The mental illness commonly referred to as Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy was named after him. People (usually a parent or other caregiver) who suffer from this illness will intentionally make their child sick so as to gain sympathy and attention from relatives and health care professionals.

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