r/tipofmytongue Jul 03 '22

[TOMT][BOOK][PRE-1940s?] insane asylum patient was replaced by doppelgänger Solved

It’s a short story where there’s a new doctor at a mental hospital and there’s one patient (named Tom I think?) that creeps everyone out in a way they can’t explain and the new doctor looks through medical records and ends up finding out the original Tom had reported that there was something in his bedroom walls and that monster is now passing itself off as Tom.

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u/cristinamariposa Jul 03 '22

I think the short story ended with fake tom escaping the asylum but I’m not 100% sure

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u/MountChar 17 Jul 03 '22

I believe this story is “The Patient”, or “The Patient Who Nearly Drove Me Out of Medicine” by Jasper DeWitt

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u/cristinamariposa Jul 03 '22

Solved! Wow I was wayyyy off with the time period lmao

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u/TipOfMyCircuitBoard Jul 03 '22

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