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Man's best friend

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.331.7528.1347-a (Published 01 December 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:1347
  1. Liam Farrell, general practitioner
  1. Crossmaglen, County Armagh

    Dysorganophilia (Farrell's syndrome): excessive affection for an abnormal body part.

    When I was a lad I had a papilloma on my left upper arm, and had no need of thumbsucking or a security blanket; I had Bob to twiddle, and we went everywhere together.

    “Isn't he a gorgeous little thing?” girlfriends would say, admiring the elegant stalk, the smooth bulbous head, but as I grew older, more mature and sophisticated, and conscious of the importance of physical perfection, I …

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