A crucial statementBMJ 2002; 325 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.325.7369.900 (Published 19 October 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:900
- Miri Mizrachi, trainee in family medicine.,
- Shlomo M Monnickendam, head, department of family medicine B.
- Maccabi Health Services, Hadera, Israel
One day in early spring Mrs S, a longstanding and familiar patient in the clinic, consulted for cat bites, which had occurred that same morning. She told me (MM) that, without any warning, the cat had jumped on her, scratched her, and bitten her in the right arm. She had already visited the local health authority, which had told her that she didn't need any vaccination. She also told me that our nurse had disinfected and bandaged the wound.
She looked quite bewildered, and when I checked her I noticed that on her right arm she had several deep scratches and numerous bite wounds. It was as if the cat …