Doggonit, it’s Christmas

Mervyn D Cobcroft and Charles Pembroke-Corgi
Med J Aust 2005; 183 (11): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2005.tb00070.x
Published online: 5 December 2005

A ramble along the byways of medical history

Scatology — the study of excrement — has long fascinated my co-author and me.1 Nevertheless, until our most recent discovery, even we would have conceded that the most dedicated coprophile would be hard pressed to find a link between dog droppings, medicine and Christmas. At the Nativity, despite the manger’s rural setting, was there a dog, let alone dog droppings, to be seen? Cows, goats, sheep aplenty and a camel or three, but Rover seemed conspicuously absent. Rudolph is a reindeer, not a red setter. And, over those 12 days of Christmas, our True Love trucked in a whole aviary of birds but, for some reason, never a dog a-barking.

  • Mervyn D Cobcroft1
  • Charles Pembroke-Corgi2

  • Roma Health District, Flying Surgeon Service, Roma, QLD.



Professor Denis Brosnan, University of Queensland, is responsible for coining the term “interposita”.

Competing interests:

Charles Pembroke-Corgi continues to receive numerous food inducements from all and sundry.


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