Gene Wilder Was Right: Gilda Radner Didn’t Have To Die, And We Need To Talk About Why She Did
Abby Norman
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In nursing school, because some of us had a celebrity patient during one rotation, it was impressed upon us by our instructors how famous people are often treated differently by their doctors/nurses — and not in a good way. They talked specifically about the tragedy of Gilda Radner’s repeated misdiagnoses and dismissals by doctors. We all run the possible risk of being dismissed as hypochondriacs or misdiagnosed — that’s just how things go sometimes. But to have it happen because you “intimidate” people or they think they know you, or some other bit of your celebrity influences their actions — that should not happen. I never again had a celebrity patient, but I was always aware of how fame can be a drawback in getting treatment.

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