Remember “The Sixth Sense?” Sounds alot Like What’s Happening in St. Louis.

Remember “The Sixth Sense?” Sounds alot Like What’s Happening in St. Louis.

I’ve read this story on a half-dozen news feeds and I still can’t figure out what is going on. Apparently this woman’s son has epilepsy and some undefined mental disorder and she has been taking him for treatment at 2 different hospitals 200 miles apart. The doctors at one hospital were unaware of the treatment the child was receiving at the other hospital. Ok – that happens literally every day in this country. I’ve had patients undergo major surgery at one hospital 1.5 miles away, and then show up in my ER for their follow-up or when something goes wrong. Patients and consumers seem to think that doctors can get access to patient’s records anytime we want by just picking up a phone. I’m still waiting for records on a patient I saw 6 months ago. This article describes some kind of statewide database that doctors can access to tell us what medications people are prescribed. That is a joke. My database here in Philadelphia can tell me some very limited information from a less than a half-dozen pharmacies in my immediate area – thats it. Anyway – the fact that the kid kept getting better when he was separated from the mother raises an eyebrow and her changing story is disturbing. This may indeed be a case of Munchausen’s by Proxy – like the little girl whose mother poisons her in “The Sixth Sense” – LOVE that movie.

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The great scene from “The Sixth Sense”

Written by Poison Boy

Gerry O'Malley (a.k.a Poison Boy) is a board certified ER doctor and toxicologist with a interest in the unusual, terrifying and occasionally hilarious world of poisonings and toxicology. This site is an exploration of poisons of historical interest as well as in current events and pop culture.

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