TWO HOURS OF �20/20�
THE MEDICAL MYSTERIES BEHIND THE HOTTEST HOSPITAL DRAMA ON TV,
�GREY�S ANATOMY, AIRING ON A SPECIAL EDITION, FRIDAY, MAY 12, 9-10 P.M., ET
SEPARATING FACT FROM FICTION: JOHN STOSSEL�S LATEST INSTALLMENT OF
�MYTHS, LIES AND DOWNRIGHT STUPIDITY, FRIDAY, MAY 12, FROM 10-11 P.M., ET
The Anatomy of �Grey�s Anatomy� � �20/20� goes behind the scenes on the set of one of the hottest shows on television to discover if the amazing � and often unbelievable � medical cases are based on fact or fiction. As Deborah Roberts reports, the show has a team of practicing doctors, medical researchers and a former surgical nurse, all of whom serve as writers or medical consultants to not only make sure the actors look and sound like doctors, but to find interesting storylines that are also plausible. Although they do admit to taking some dramatic license, the show creator says �everything we do is possible and has happened at least once sometime in the world.� The special edition of �20/20� airs FRIDAY, MAY 12, from 9:00-10:00 p.m., ET on ABC.
�20/20� explores some of the amazing medical cases that have been featured on �Grey�s Anatomy,� including:
� Persistent Sexual Arousal Syndrome � When �Grey's Anatomy� featured the case of a woman with constant unwanted sexual arousal, it seemed like Hollywood at its best. But as �20/20� medical editor Dr. Tim Johnson reports, the fictional case is based on a real, though rare disorder called Persistent Sexual Arousal Syndrome -- a problem that torments the women who suffer from it.
� Rasmussen's Syndrome � Before there was Grey's Anatomy, �20/20� first reported in 1997 the story of a little girl who suffered so terribly from seizures, the only hope was to remove half her brain when she was six years old. Bill Ritter revisits the story of little Brandi Binder � who is now 22 � nine years after we first met her, to see what life is like today after her astonishing surgery.
� Broken Heart Syndrome � A woman shows up on the same day every year in the ER at �Grey�s� fictional Seattle Grace Hospital with all the symptoms of a heart attack. As it turns out, it�s the anniversary of a loved one�s death. What isn�t fictional though is Broken Heart Syndrome. Bob Brown talks to the cardiologists at Johns Hopkins who recently published a study that shows that broken hearts are real.
� Mad About Medical Shows � Chris Connelly explores our decades-long fascination with doctor dramas.
Also on �20/20,� airing in its regularly scheduled time of 10:00-11:00 p.m., ET:
True or false? Opposites attract; we are running out of oil; weather is the biggest cause of flight delays. The answers may well be the opposite of what you expect --- or may be exactly what you do expect from Stossel, whose against-the-grain reporting often stands conventional wisdom on its head.
If you wonder whether price gouging is bad, or foreign aid good, Stossel has a verdict. And if you ponder such diverse questions as, �is radiation bad for you?� and �are elephants afraid of mice?,� Stossel sets the record straight in another of his myth-busting specials. The hour ties in with the publishing of Stossel�s new book, �Myths, Lies and Downright Stupidity� (Hyperion Books). As he does in the television program, Stossel sets his sights squarely on deceit and hypocrisy. The book is already in its third printing, based on pre-publication advance orders.
�20/20� is anchored by Elizabeth Vargas and John Stossel. David Sloan is the executive producer.