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‘Duel’ of medical dramas

BONNEVIE. Deeply felt portrayal on “MMK.”

It’s a popular ploy in the scriptwriting trade: When in need of an especially pathetic and empathetic dramatic twinge, do a medical story! From “Johnny Belinda” through “Philadelphia” to “Lorenzo’s Oil,” the TV-film landscape is full of literally painful dramas in which physically tormented protagonists contend with all sorts of dire illnesses or disabilities, and eventually surmount them.

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