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Unbelievable Hospital Scenes From TV

Marijke Durning | Scrubs Magazine

October 05, 2010

TV Scenes

How many times have you paused, shook your head at some random situation at work, and said, “I can’t believe this is happening.”And that’s real life.

We thought you might need a laugh at times like this, so we dug through clips from TV shows spanning more than a half century to find these 23 unbelievable hospital scenes. Some are so crazy we can’t imagine how the actors kept a straight face.

Medical Dramas of the 1950s and ’60s

If anyone believed that the doctors in Ben Casey represented real doctors, hopefully they wouldn’t have believed the same thing about the nurses. In this episode of Ben Casey from the early ’60s, nurses are portrayed as very distractable (around minute 4:00 in the clip) or very befuddled and easily confused (around 5:15). Perhaps studios didn’t have research assistants in those days.

Dr. Kildare, a series about a young doctor at a general hospital, was on the air from 1961 to 1966. In the following clip (3:40), the dashing Dr. Kildare runs over from the hospital to give a daughter a message from her father. Did this type of thing ever really happen? If you move ahead to 5:22, you’ll see Dr. Kildare try to use guilt and tough love to get the daughter to reconcile with her father! It would be more likely that Dr. Kildare would be nursing a broken jaw from a good punch.

Medical Dramas of the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s

From 1969 to 1976, many households tuned in to Marcus Welby, MD, about a kind, fatherly doctor who solved problems wherever he went, usually with his handsome younger sidekick. Teen star David Cassidy starred in one episode where he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Now, how’s the following clip for an unbelievable scene (go to 3:19). Very kind of the young sidekick to take the time to do the diabetic teaching. While you’re at it, check out what the nurse is doing in the background: nothing really.

Trapper John, MD, a spin-off of the comedy M*A*S*H, began in 1979 and ran until 1986. Check out the doctor pushing the stretcher (at 3:43), moving patients.

Have you ever seen that? And then go a bit farther along to 4:46, where Nurse Brancusi is accused of being too distracting for the interns.

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