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Albatros reaction

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A variant of Münhhausen's syndrome characterised by the sick person's persistent pursuit of the surgeon, like the albatros follows “his” ship. It is a disease picture seen after gastrectomy, without pathological development. The term refers to Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s (1772-1834) «The rime of the ancient mariner».


  • F. R. C. Johnstone, J. B. Holubitzi, H. T. Debas:
    Postgastrectomy problems in patients with personality defects. The "albatros" syndrome.
    Canadian Medical Association Journal, Ottawa, 1967, 96: 1559.

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