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Syncopal Episodes

1-silent-film-still-fainting-grangerYou’ve seen it in films.

A fella learns he has become a father. He faints! (And it’s always better if it’s a brawny, burly guy, as tough as railroad spikes, when this good news levels him.)

Or the tight-lipped rookie cop, a survivor of the city’s mean streets, stands behind the coroner when the murder victim’s body is sliced open. It’s the cop’s first autopsy. She faints!

There’s the damsel in distress, the parent at the doorstep hearing horrible news during World War II about a son, the desperate attorney who hasn’t eaten for days while preparing for the “big case.” At a critical moment, with a soundtrack swelling and the light angling to highlight an anguished face, our hero—or the object of our hero’s affection—keels over. Read More →

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