Surgical Resident Breaks Down 49 Medical Scenes From Film & TV

“Annie Onishi, general surgery resident at Columbia University, takes a look at emergency room and operating room scenes from a variety of television shows and movies and breaks down how accurate they really are. Would the adrenaline scene from Pulp Fiction actually play out that way? Is all that medical jargon we hear in shows like Grey’s Anatomy and House true-to-life? Is removing a bullet really a cure-all for a gunshot wound?”

She did this in conjunction with WIRED magazine.

This is brilliant, very well done. I was hoping she’d comment on the William Hurt movie, The Doctor (operating room music, among other things) and the Harrison Ford movie The Fugitive where there’s behind the scenes fraud going on to inflate the effects of a drug.


Step by surgical step, a life is transformed

Ana Rodarte was born with neurofibromatosis which in some cases can cause facial disfigurement.

This Los Angeles Times piece by Thomas Curwen is powerful but it’s too bad they made the web presentation of it so difficult to navigate and read. I recommend the audio slideshow first to get an overview, then read the story.

Audio slideshow: Ana’s story.

In part one we see how Ana has lived her life: Isolated by her appearance, she yearned for a place in the world.

In part two, Dr. Munish Batra, a plastic surgeon, changed her life: Step by surgical step, a life is transformed.