Doctors talk about what Hollywood gets right and wrong about medicine and how the body works. Each week we discuss how a film or episode of television depicts illnesses, injuries, and the lives of medical professionals.
As we wrap up each episode, the film or show being discussed is graded for its medical accuracy in comparison to 2010’s The Human Centipede, which marketed itself as “100% medically accurate.” Rian Johnson’s Knives Out, for example, is considered “140% medically accurate” when compared to The Human Centipede. Luc Besson’s Lucy, meanwhile, was awarded a 10%. Midsommar earned our highest rank yet, at 400% - which means it's roughly four times more medically accurate than The Human Centipede.
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The Simpsons: Homer's Triple Bypass - "Remember your hippopotamus oath!"
So it's come to this: Johnny, Dr. Jackson, and guest Dr. Greg Winter discuss "Homer's Triple Bypass," featuring one of the best early appearances of our patron saint, Dr. Nick Riviera. In this episode, Dr. Hibbert shocks Homer when he's clearly flatlined. I hope someone got fired for THAT blunder.
The Good Doctor: Frontline - "It's Chekhov's ventilator."
Johnny and Dr. Jackson share their personal experiences dealing with Covid-19 as they discuss "Frontline," the 2-part season premiere of The Good Doctor. Jackson didn't LIKE these episodes of television, but he still gave it high marks for accuracy - although the doctors should have worn their damn masks.
Bob's Burgers: Worms of In-Rear-Ment - "The technical term is pruritus ani."
It's a topic we've been itching to cover - pinworms! Jackson and Johnny discuss Bob's Burgers S11E02, "Terms of En-Rear-Ment," and Johnny gets seriously skeeved out.
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It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Charlie's Home Alone & The Gang Wins the Big Game - "The Penguin has kidney stones. That's canon."
Dr. Jackson and Johnny discuss "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" S13E08 and S13E09, wherein the gang helps the Eagles win the Super Bowl... I mean a major sporting event. We all know Charlie should have died years ago, but how medically accurate is his repeatedly surviving a bear trap?
Midsommar - "Our unreliable narrator is drugs." - Updated
It's a shortened #hortober as we cover Midsommar, 2019's fun-filled romp through the fields of Sweden. This film sets a new record for medical accuracy for the way it handles physical injuries, emotional trauma, and waking up on Ambien.
*This episode was previously released Tuesday, 10/26 with some audio issues that have been corrected.
A.P. Bio: Mr. Pistachio - "Your enemies are polyps and poo."
Johnny and Dr. Jackson discuss the medical accuracy of the A.P. Bio season three episode "Mr. Pistachio," where Jack gets a colonoscopy. It does a great job - but it needed more bathroom breaks.
Johnny also gets to discuss the accuracy of the show's depiction of Toledo, Ohio.
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