Surgeon amputated healthy legsBMJ 2000; 320 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.320.7231.332 (Published 05 February 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:332
- Clare Dyer, legal correspondent
A surgeon in Scotland amputated the legs of two psychologically disturbed men who had nothing physically wrong with them but felt a “desperate” need to be amputees, it emerged this week.
Both men, one from England and one from Germany, had a rare type of body dysmorphic disorder known as apotemnophilia, in which patients are convinced from childhood that they will be normal only once a limb has been removed. The obsession is always with the removal of a specific limb, and each patient had a leg amputated above the knee.
The operations were carried out in …