I was eight years old when I read my first Baron Munchausen book . The book, one of the purest work of fantasy ever written, was given to me by one of the most dreaded teachers in the school. Looking back I still can't imagine how such a brutish person as the teacher would have understood or tolerated such a book. I believe that God told him to buy me the book. I think it was after this book that I quite consciously began to see the hidden beauties in people and nature. Unfortunately, like the brutish teacher , medical people these days now use Munchausen as a description for conditions which they absolutely have no understanding of. What a shame ! They should go read some children books too , and start to see that it is a beautiful world.