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Definition “The Munchausen Mystery” 1. Why does Lipsitt begin his essay with reference to Thomas Mann’s character in Confessions of Felix Krull, Confidence Man? I think that Lipsitt tells the story of Thomas Mann to suck the reader in to the essay. It catches the reader’s attention and makes them want to read on. In addition, the story introduces the theme of the essay. 2. What effect does the essay’s title have on readers? Why didn’t Lipsitt simply call this essay “Munchausen Syndrome”? The title “The Munchausen Mystery” is attention grabbing. If it was “Munchausen Syndrome”
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Unformatted text preview: the plot is given away, but with the current title there is a mystery to it that draws the read into it apart from all the other essay they could read. 3. Why does Lipsitt feel this syndrome is important to understand? How does this problem affect the health-care system? This syndrome is important to understand because it’s costing health-care systems $4 million to $40 million a year. Sometimes the people with this syndrome take it all the way to the operating table, which is a liability for the good doctor just trying to do his job....
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  • Spring '08
  • carter
  • Short story, English-language films, The Reader, Thomas Mann, Münchausen syndrome, Confessions of Felix Krull

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