Many busy clinics display a large fish tank in the waiting room. Staring at fish can help patients relax and lower blood pressure and anxiety before appointments. But how do fish feel about staring at miserable patients all day long?
In the fall of 1999, an exotic eel makes his feelings known. One morning he jumps out of the tank, flinging himself across the waiting room.
A kind older man picks up the eel; that’s when the eel attacks him.
When I arrive at work, the poor man is in the procedure room, with doctors pulling the eel off his finger while the clinic manager is on the phone with the malpractice carrier. I’m not sure whether we have liability coverage for eel attacks.
Chapter 70 from Pet Goats & Pap Smears: 101 Medical Adventures to Open Your Heart & Mind by Pamela Wible, M.D.