Medical series kill and resurrect more than in real life, studies say

Medical series kill and resurrect more than in real life, studies say

Folha de S. Paulo

Fiction, however, can help in training new professionals as it displays bad examples of how things should be done.

Medicine portrayed on TV shows such as "Dr. House", "ER", "Grey's Anatomy" and "The Good Doctor" may be helpful, say scientific articles, as they can show bad examples of how things should be done.

Research published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 1996 was already concerned about the impact of TV series. In the article, the authors analyzed 60 cases of CPR displayed on programs such as "ER" (aired for two years) and "Rescue 911" (which debuted in 1989). The survival rate observed in fiction was much higher than in medical literature. In the short term, 75% of people survived in fiction, compared with 40% in reality. In the long run, the difference remained: 67% against 30%.

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