Fillers A memorable patient

A colleague's referral

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 06 October 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:794
  1. G Manojkrishnan, medical officer
  1. Madras Aluminium Company, Tamilnadu, India

    I am a general practitioner in a small town in India. One night, at about 8 pm, I received a house call from a witchcraft practitioner. He told me that a woman aged about 20 years had been brought to him to drive away the evil spirit in her.

    When I reached his village he guided me to the dimly lit hut where the woman was lying on a cot. She was surrounded by at least a dozen women, and I was told by them that the woman was behaving normally when lying …

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