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Feature Christmas 2016: Professional Matters

Doctors on film

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: (Published 12 December 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i6172

Beware of Entertainment

Entertainment is often addictive escapism and a social lubricant that tricks and traps us with the fleeting euphoria of activity and fun, but the sustained sickness of lethargy and boredom. The euphoria of activity and fun, and the sickness of lethargy and boredom, are polar opposites that reinforce each other: the euphoria blinds us to the sickness, and the sickness makes us crave the euphoria. Ironically, entertainment often creates, aggravates, and perpetuates the very sickness of lethargy and boredom that it falsely seems to cure, thus placing most TV and movies in a bad light.

Competing interests: No competing interests

12 December 2016
Hugh Mann
New York, NY, USA