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A shocking tale

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 30 July 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a271
  1. Arie Roth, professor, Tel-Aviv Sourasky Medical Centre, Tel-Aviv, Israel
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    Sammy’s mama was a feisty 78 year old who continued to live independently in her old apartment. One evening, she called her son complaining that the “air in the house is conducting current” and that she was being “constantly electrocuted” without so much as moving a finger. Mama was not one to panic easily, so Sammy rushed over only to find that whatever it was had passed, and so he returned home. …

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