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Claim: A masturbating machine-shop worker catches his scrotum in a piece of machinery and tears it open, then staples it back together and resumes work before finally visiting a doctor three days later.
Example: [Medical Aspects of Human Sexuality, 1991]
Origins: Ow! The above article did indeed appear in the July 1991 issue of Medical Aspects of Human Sexuality, submitted by the physician who treated the victim. We tracked down the doctor to obtain verification and further details about the unusual injury, and he replied as follows:
Dr. William A. Morton, Jr., M.D.Last updated: 11 July 2007
26 February 1994
I am now retired, but submitted the article; treated the patient about
The man actually came to me 3 days post-injury when the fever, swelling, and pain of secondary infection frightened him. Though unlikely, tetanus was even a possibility. He was not that impressed with the pain of the moment of injury
Every man who questions me imagines the initial pain to have been intense, but should realize that once the testis had been ripped out (gasp!) there was not the continuing discomfort one would experience from a first-class kick in the nuts!
I saw him again
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