Views & Reviews Medical Classics

Cardiac Arrest

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 13 December 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:1267
  1. Nidhi Gupta, senior house officer (medicine), Whipps Cross Hospital, London
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    Overworked, bullied, harassed, stressed, everyone smoking and drinking, oversexed—the characters in the politically incorrect Cardiac Arrest were the greatest, and the worst, advertisement for the medical profession and the NHS in UK television to date, and the series was a favourite of junior doctors.

    Written by the then junior doctor Jed Mercurio (working under the pseudonym John MacUre), who met producers after answering an advertisement in the BMJ, Cardiac Arrest went against the usual television portrayal of doctors. Unlike the cosy dramas before it and since, from Dr Finlay’s Casebook to Peak Practice, the doctors in this hospital were not saints with all the answers. They were fallible human beings …

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