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The Woman Who Smells Like A Fish

by | 21st, October 2008

“AFTER experiencing ridicule, distress, shame, anxiety and low self esteem during her school years, she first consulted a doctor about the problem at the age of 17, then again two years later, followed by a further four doctors over the next 20 years,” says Prof Burnett of the school of medicine and pharmacology at the University of Western Australia.

The woman’s problem? She smells of fish.

“The characteristic body odour resembling rotting fish can be intermittent, variable and influenced by diet, hormones and medications,” her doctors said in the Medical Journal of Australia.

The woman has a genetic mutation which triggers excess excretion of trimethylamine, a compound found in fish.

Anorak will not delve into this story any deeper, nor resort to sticky fingered adolescent asides. The woman has suffered. We learn that the doctors examined her by sniffing.

If they smell money, they treat her; if they don’t, they give her a prescription for worms and send her on her way…

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