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Hollywood Medical Myths Part 1: Shocking Someone Who Has "Flat-Lined" Can Get Their Heart Going Again

Society & Culture  (tags: tv, movies, death, myths, medicine, science, society )

- 1999 days ago -
It never fails. You're watching television and someone is circling the drain, in the toilet that is their life. The noise from the heart monitor affirms they're still alive, with its consistent, rhythmic beeps. All of the sudden, alarms start going off.


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Kit B (276)
Wednesday September 25, 2013, 3:13 pm

There are some situations when "shocking" does work. Overall he is correct, just don't mention that while watching the show or movie, people do like their drama. If everyone were a patient of the fictional House, bled from all orifices before the doctor figured out their problem, they would die and have a wake or funeral long before House would see the light. I don't think people really want the details for the entertainment. If so then people would have to know that CSI and shows like that are pure TV magic.

Jason S (50)
Wednesday September 25, 2013, 6:57 pm
Good posting, thanks

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Thursday September 26, 2013, 5:32 am

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Elizabeth M (65)
Thursday September 26, 2013, 9:27 am
Great article. Learned quite a bit!
Thanks for posting Carrie.

S S (0)
Thursday September 26, 2013, 1:25 pm
Thank you.

Frances Darcy (92)
Saturday September 28, 2013, 3:34 am
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