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Death of a Blow-up Doll

Brian J. Secemsky, MD
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From University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, California.

Requests for Single Reprints: Brian J. Secemsky, MD, General Medical Clinic, San Francisco General Hospital, 1001 Potrero Avenue 1M3, San Francisco, CA 94110; e-mail, brian.secemsky@ucsf.edu.


Ann Intern Med. 2013;159(11):791. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-159-11-201312030-00017
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I cried during a scene from Lars and the Real Girl, a dark comedy about an unconventional man and his relationship with an inflatable sex doll. The tears started pouring as the doll was rushed to the hospital where she “died.” I have encountered countless tragic episodes of death and despair and have never shed a tear. So why now?

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