Medicine: Hospital Addict

An Irishman sets a record

Stewart Mcllroy may or may not have been born around 1915 in County Donegal, Ireland. Other facts of his life are equally vague. But to two London doctors who spent four years investigating hospital records in the British Isles, one thing about Mcllroy is certain: he is an incurable hospital addict. In the past 34 years he has been admitted at least 207 times to 68 different hospitals in Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales for a breathtaking variety of diseases and disorders. Indeed Mcllroy seems beyond doubt to be the alltime champion sufferer of Munchausen's syndrome.

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