Views & Reviews Medical Classics


BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 01 December 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2785
  1. David King, foundation year 2 doctor, St James’s Hospital, Leeds
  1. davidanthonyking{at}

    Ask junior doctors practising today what inspired them to enter medicine and a significant minority will simply answer, “ER.” Blazing onto television screens in 1994, the US medical drama immediately attracted huge audiences and garnered critical acclaim. Over the next 15 years it would redefine the genre of television medical shows, while showing would be doctors something hitherto never considered: medicine can be sexy.

    The brainchild of Harvard Medical School graduate and successful novelist Michael Crichton, ER was reportedly conceived during his …

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