Thursday, October 26, 2006

Why Medical Dramas are Fake

  1. A neurosurgeon looking like McDreamy
  2. A presenting complaint of skin rash elicites a differential diagnosis that includes acute pulmonary embolism (the scriptwriter for House MD really should consult a real doctor)
  3. All the doctors and nurses are hot
  4. The same doctor admits the patient, wheels them to MRI and operates the damn machine AND reads the images, hangs the IV fluids, assists with surgery, and if the patient dies, performs the autopsy.
  5. The docs are humping like jackrabbits on Viagra Extra Strength
  6. The surgeons scrub in BEFORE they put their masks on. Dooh.
  7. The chest never rises during CPR (or maybe the docs weren't ventilating adequately)
  8. Dr. House able to make a diagnosis of pheochromocytoma on the basis of a patient's extreme rage and superhuman strength
  9. Residents still look pretty and have make-up on post-call
  10. The hospital cafeteria food actually looks good
  11. Interns have a social life
  12. Doctors put their stethoscopes on backwards (earpieces pointed backwards instead of forward)

The Author wishes to acknowledge Kristin, R.N., and the 3M™ Littman® Cardiology III patient acoustic instrument for their contributions in the production of this highly educational pictorial


Blogger caryn said...

McDreamy with breasts..? That's a nightmare lerr..
Fake or not - they still make good dinner companions.. ;)

9:43 PM  
Blogger vagus said...

Breasts make good dinner companions?? Huh???

9:45 PM  
Blogger caryn said...

medical dramas make good dinner companions... :p

6:18 AM  
Blogger YeePei said...

Errr... McDreamy with long hair and breasts, no thanks. Can we stick to the original one please? :D

Yeah, fake or not, they are good entertainment.

8:18 AM  
Blogger doc said...

hey dude,

bcos we lead REAL lives ie.
(1) we don't get to hump like jackrabbits
(2) the nurses aren't that hot
(3) the interns look a mess post-call
(4) the cafetaria serves crap, AND
(5) we DON'T have a social life

that's why medical dramas are so endearing - bcos once in a while, we all deserve to live out our own little fantasies!!

ps. of course they are fakes - didn't you notice how gorgeous & pink the supposed dead body looked on the autopsy table??

11:55 AM  
Blogger vagus said...

amen to that.

12:04 PM  
Anonymous anastasia said...

nyahah, fake or not, dr mcdreamy makes a good dinner companion.=P

2:27 PM  
Anonymous sooyin said...

haha...i always wondered if doctors actually watch medical dramas and whether they would notice the inevitable mistakes in the show...=P

9:55 PM  
Blogger vagus said...

actually, i try to avoid watching medical dramas when i can. too much of medicine at work and at home.
and yes, we do. usually we're like, Cheh, that's fake!

9:10 AM  
Anonymous Jimbo said...

And to think my colleagues (females) are totally in LOVE with Hugh Laurie! Ugh! I gotta walk with a limp and grow a stubble and pop vicodins. Sigh

6:17 AM  
Blogger vagus said...

Cis! And they think House is realistic???
Then again, we don't watch Nip/Tuck for the medical teachings :)

7:46 AM  
Blogger suanie said...


8:11 PM  
Anonymous Palmdoc said...

Medical students are soooooo unreal

5:25 PM  
Anonymous WTJ said...

they do look hot... on TV.. haha

4:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

gosh... I think Osler will turn in his grave is he knows one of you guys out there uses stethoscope on the patient's chest THRU the clothings!

4:43 AM  
Blogger vagus said...

Naw. I beg to differ. Get a good stethoscope and you'd be able to hear right through a thin shirt very easily. No problem, even for soft murmurs and bruits.
And, I wasn't going to intentionally post a topless picture of my chest!! Thought readers would get sick.

5:51 AM  
Blogger just me said...

Fake or not, the medical dramas have been able to convey to my 12 yr old daughter that "docs don't have a life!" and she announces in her precocious voice that she is NEVER going to marry one! Time will tell, I guess.

1:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

HAHA, I used to feel the same way when I watched CSI - I used to work in a lab and a) lab people are NEVER that attractive, b) lab people NEVER dress trendy IN the lab - it's all about comfort, and c) lab coat, safety eyewear, gloves, and hair tied back - ALWAYS!!!!

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