Port Limon and Yellow Fever Reports

Walter Wyman
1901 Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)  
night. He was given a certificate of death. In pursuance of his usual practice the doctor visited the chamber of death. In the dimly-lighted room what appeared to be a human body was perceptable on the bed, but on examination the "corpse" proved to be a dummy composed of pillows, blankets, boots and a poker. The man who obtained the certificate, on being ques¬ tioned, said: "I am the dead body," and asserted that he had committed the deception to deceive his people into the belief that he was
more » ... elief that he was dead. A search in his box, however, showed that he had a life policy of $1000. For having made a false declara¬ tion for the purposes of death registration, he has been sen¬ tenced to nine months' imprisonment. It appears that the man was really ill and had a high temperature, but simulated the special symptoms of Bright's disease.
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