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A depressed gorilla

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 30 August 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:445
  1. Olimpia Claudia Pop, senior house officer, South West London and St George's Mental Health NHS Trust, London
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    My secretary said: “There is a very unusual patient…” (being a psychiatrist, however, I don't find “unusual patients” really come as a surprise to me) “a gorilla, an agitated gorilla.”

    “Is it in A&E?” I blurted out.

    “No, no, it's in the zoo. The vet wants your advice.”

    The whole unit soon knew the story: the consultant in whose catchment area the zoo fell claimed it should be his patient, one colleague asked in …

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