Professor Joseph Turow Talks About His Book Playing Doctor

Playing Doctor: from Dr. Kildare and M*A*S*H to Grey's Anatomy

Joseph Turow, Ph.D., the Robert Lewis Shayon Professor of Communication, walks us through his book Playing Doctor: Television, Storytelling, and Medical Power, an engaging and highly perceptive history of the medical TV series from its inception to the present day. Turow offers an inside look at the creation of iconic doctor shows as well as a detailed history of the programs, an analysis of changing public perceptions of doctors and medicine, and an insightful commentary on how medical dramas have both exploited and shaped these perceptions.