i've never seen grey's anatomy, and i absolutely detest er (though i did have a resident once tell me he first learned how to place chest tubes by watching it on er
i've also never seen mystery er.
but i do like dr. g. it can still be a bit "dramatized," and that irritates me, but i still like it.
i've also watched "mystery diagnosis." while i find it interesting, it is definatly
way too dramatized. it tends to showcase a first physician that just wouldn't listed to the patient/family, and then they find a new doc that finally
listens to them, and discovers what is really wrong. it also tends to villify the first doctor -- how could he/she be so incompetent? then each episode usualy ends with a family member telling the viewing audiance not to ever give up, to insist on more tests, be persistent......which i have mixed feelings about.
i think it is important to empower people regarding their own health care, and to teach people that the doctor isn't always right. but i have these visions of people running into the er or back to their doctor's office for every ache and pain, every episode of n/v, because they didn't like the diagnosis they got yesterday. or because the medicine, that they got yesterday, hasn't helped yet. when those types of shows are on, it can be difficult to remind people that most
illnesses are common ones, not rare or exotic disorders.
i have to say that mystery diagnosis has helped me "get into" the mind of some of the family members, though, and maybe even deal with them better.