The curious case of Patient K

Ron Elisha
Med J Aust 2018; 209 (11): . || doi: 10.5694/mja18.00962
Published online: 10 December 2018

Patient K first presented to me in early December 2015. Although he declined to volunteer his age, he looked to be a man in his late 60s, moderately though not morbidly obese, with a ruddy complexion and a rather odd manner of dress. (He seemed inordinately fond of the colour red.)

  • Melbourne, VIC



I would like to acknowledge the significant contribution of Professor Ian Whyte, Director of Clinical Toxicology and Pharmacology at Calvary Mater Newcastle and Conjoint Professor of Clinical Pharmacology, University of Newcastle, in formalising and annotating the toxicological components of this article.

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