Doctor, Doctor Urban legends about doctors. 0 We worship doctors both for their medical knowledge and their power over life and death, thus anything uttered by a physician we take to heart. But sometimes our idols have feet of clay. The son of child care expert Dr. Benjamin Spock killed himself. Proponent of the low carbohydrate diet Dr. Robert Atkins died of a heart attack. Sexpert Dr. Ruth Westheimer served as a sniper in Israel. * Entries marked with an asterisk will display in a separate browser window.