Brian J. Secemsky, MD
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Secemsky B.; Death of a Blow-up Doll. Ann Intern Med. 2013;159:791. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-159-11-201312030-00017
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2013;159(11):791.
A few weeks ago, I cried during a scene from Lars and the Real Girl, a dark comedy starring Ryan Gosling about an unconventional man and his even more unconventional relationship with an inflatable sex doll. The tears started pouring as the doll, found “unresponsive” by Gosling's character, was rushed to the hospital where—you guessed it—she “died.” The last time I cried over a movie was during The Babe, a 1992 biography describing the tumultuous life of Babe Ruth. I was 7 years old.
As a resident physician training in internal medicine, I have encountered countless tragic episodes of death and despair. I have disclosed the diagnosis of terminal diseases to patients much younger than I am and held the hands of dying patients. I have never shed a tear during or after these heart-rending encounters.
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