A MEMORABLE PATIENTBMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7070.1444a (Published 07 December 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1444
- J P Payne
Some monkey business
As a young research assistant in anaesthesia I found myself occasionally undertaking tasks that, to say the least, were unconventional. The most bizarre perhaps was when I was asked by our professor of surgery to anaesthetise his pet monkey for a total dental clearance.
Jacko, a small rhesus monkey, had several party tricks, not all of which were socially acceptable. On inquiring further, it seemed that he had taken to biting people, including the hand that fed him. It was decided that his teeth should be removed, and the task was to be undertaken by a senior dental surgeon, apparently in the professorial operating theatre. I had my doubts, and these were confirmed when …