The intentionally funny book includes more than 100 bizarre X-rays, and when you finish, you may never look at Barbie dolls or baby shoes the same way again.
Sindhian, forensic psychiatrist,Â who like Knight, emergency room physician,Â and Dreben, his fellow shrinkÂ , is using a pseudonym in the book, says the book was written for both humor and educational purposes.
“We hope it takes away the stigma of people seeking emergency treatment,” he said. “Plus, this is the stuff that really interests laypeople.”
The authors found more than 100 examples of strange objects that somehow found their way inside the body — and the reasons are as different as the entry ways of choice.
Sindhian said coins are the most common item swallowed by kids, while the most typical item swallowed by adults is a wedding ring.
“A lot of time they’re swallowed because people want to hide them,” Sindhian said. “Luckily, they pass through fairly easily.”
“Younger people are more likely to swallow objects, or stick them in their nose or ears,” he said. “They will put everything in their mouth.”
But when you’re an adult, strange objects are more likely to find their way into the body via the rectum.
Dreben said this explains two of the more extreme cases in the book: the Barbie doll and the Buzz Lightyear action figure that made it the long, dark trip upstream.
“In these cases with toys, the patients were often seeking sexual pleasure or gratification,” Dreben said.
“Some patients have been known not only to stimulate themselves manually with toys, but they have also repeatedly swallowed parts of toys because, per their report, passing the toy parts through their gastrointestinal tract and ultimately the anus ‘felt good.'”
Even stranger than the objects that people manage to ingest one way or another are the excuses, according to Dreben.
“Sometimes patients tell us that they were doing some type of household chore in the nude when they ‘fell’ or ‘tripped’ or ‘jumped into bed’ and ‘landed on the object,'” Dreben said. “Other times, patients are forthcoming in explaining that their predicaments resulted from sexual activity.”
“Men, in general, tend to be more daring and engage in risky behavior,” SindhianÂ said.
Sindhian notices that alcohol is also a common excuse, but the younger generation is becoming more forthright.
“Younger people will say that it happened because of a dare,” Sindhian said. “But more people are willing to admit that the situation occurred because they were seeking sexual pleasure.” [via Huff Post]