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Bioethics and professionalism in popular television medical dramas

Abstract

Television medical dramas sometimes depict medical professionalism and bioethical issues, but their nature and extent are unclear. The authors systematically analysed the bioethical and professionalism content of one season each of Grey's Anatomy and House M.D., two of the most popular current television medical dramas. The results indicate that these programmes are rife with powerful portrayals of bioethical issues and egregious deviations from the norms of professionalism and contain exemplary depictions of professionalism to a much lesser degree.

  • Bioethics
  • education/programmes
  • general
  • journalism/mass media
  • medical dramas
  • professionalism
  • professional–professional relationship
  • television

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