ANCHOR LEAD: ARE TELEVISION DRAMAS RELATED TO MEDICINE MISLEADING? ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
Details of diseases and treatments aside, how accurate are the portrayals of physicians and nurses in TV dramas like House and Grey’s Anatomy? Not very, a Johns Hopkins study by two bioethicists and medical student Matthew Czarny found. In analyzing a season each of these shows, the study found them rife with decisions that ran afoul of codes of professional ethics. Czarny says he understands why viewers may think these are realistic.
CZARNY: In general from my personal perspective, I think anytime I see something about something I don’t know much about, I’m less able to pick out what’s true and what’s not, and I think some of these television medical dramas can depict certain things pretty realistically and when you don’t know very much about the field they’re talking about and you don’t have the experience to know whether it’s realistic or not there’s the opportunity for misunderstanding and misinterpretation. :29
So take these dramas with a grain of salt. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.