Tooth fairy accused of malpractice

A disturbing warning about a magic stranger who may be harming your children appears in the prestigious British Journal of Medicine.

The tooth fairy and malpractice

We are concerned that the actions of the mythical character at the root of this report must be brought to the attention of the medical community, as it seems to represent the first signs of a worrying new trend in malpractice. Previous anecdotal evidence suggests the tooth fairy is benevolent, but this opinion may need revising in light of mounting reports of less child-friendly activity.

As far as we are aware, there is no revalidation procedure for the tooth fairy and no clear guidance or standard operating procedures in place to ensure adverse outcomes are avoided. We advise that medical practitioners should have a high index of suspicion with tooth related presenting complaints.

Scary tooth fairy from movie “Darkness Falls”

What is going on here? This piece puts it into layman’s language. We are shocked!

 […]an 8-year-old boy who was sent to an allergist because of his epic runny nose. Regular old medical treatment didn’t work, so the next step was a CT scan. The scan showed signs of inflammation in the sinuses. But it also revealed something more surprising: a tooth in his left ear canal. It turned out that 3 years before, the boy had woken up “extremely distressed” because the tooth fairy had taken the tooth from under his pillow and jammed it in his ear.

OK, the gig is up. Every year, the BMJ publishes an issue on the Friday before Christmas that contains spoof articles and silly studies. Sometimes the media even falls for it. Don’t you believe it!

Happy & Healthy Holidays from Doubtful News.


  1 comment for “Tooth fairy accused of malpractice

  1. Phil
    December 15, 2012 at 10:50 PM

    I much prefer the Spanish version with Ratoncito Perez the mouse who does the same thing as the tooth fairy.

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