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11 things medical shows always get wrong, according to doctors

INSIDER Logo By Sophia Mitrokostas of INSIDER | Slide 1 of 12: 
  
    
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    TV shows often portray medicine in an unrealistic way.
    
  
  
    Doctors on TV frequently use a defibrillator on a
    flatlined patient but, in reality, this never happens.
    
  
  
    The endless paperwork and the high cost of medical care
    are rarely portrayed on TV.
  

  Medical television shows are
  filled with drama, romance, and life-and-death situations. Though
  these shows can be exciting, they're often not representative of
  what really goes on in hospitals.

  INSIDER consulted with doctors,
  nurses, and other medical professionals to uncover what TV shows
  get wrong about practicing medicine.

  • Medical TV shows often portray medicine in an unrealistic way.
  • Doctors on TV frequently use a defibrillator on a flatlined patient but, in reality, this never happens.
  • The endless paperwork and the high cost of medical care are rarely portrayed on TV.

Medical television shows are filled with drama, romance, and life-and-death situations. Though these shows can be exciting, they're often not representative of what really goes on in hospitals.

INSIDER consulted with doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals to uncover what TV shows get wrong about practicing medicine.

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