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    The world's first private clinic for sick fish has been established in france. The one-room,?

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    The world's first private clinic for sick fish has been established in france. The one-room, Six-aquarium infirmary is run by Dr. Philippe Simonin in the small town of La Celle St. Cloud, near Paris.

    Dr. Simonin Takes in fish of all sorts, tropical and fresh-water, and cares for each one with great dedication. Half of the tanks in his hospital are used for curing his fish, the rest for convalescence. Each process usually takes up to a week, although for difficult cases, the cure and convalescence can take much longer.

    The greatest -- and most obvious -- difficulty encountered by Dr. Simonin during his work is the short length of time he has to operate on a fish out of water. No fish can exits comfortably out of water for longer than one minute. This means that the medical processes must be taken in short, but frequent stages.

    To effect his cures, Dr. Simonin uses conventional medical methods and drugs... but some times in an unconventional way. The most common fish diseases are exophthalmia (protrusion of the eye-ball) and rotting of the fins. To treat these, Dr. Simonin transfers the sick fish to a special aquarium, filled with a diluted mixture of antibiotic and water. Sometimes he also applies the "kiss of life" -- mouth to mouth resuscitation -- revive expiring patients.

    If a fish refuses to eat during its stay Dr. Simonin prepares a compound of crushed mussels and uses a syringe to force-feed his patient. He says that the method is very effective.

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