Playing Doctor: Television, Storytelling, and Medical Power, the book about TV doctor shows by Joseph Turow, Ph.D., the Robert Lewis Shayon Professor of Communication, was reviewed in the November 24 edition of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).
Writing for JAMA, reviewer Dr. Tony Miksanek from Benton, Ill. writes:
"Playing Doctor: Television, Storytelling, and Medical Power is a hit—full of information, analysis, fun, and a bit of fury. On the last page, the author articulates a major theme while taking the television industry to the proverbial woodshed: 'Out of a power-politics cauldron made up of storytelling traditions, production firm needs, and the medical establishment's perceived self-interests, prime-time television has been making phony promises about medicine for several decades. The oldest set of promises involves the unlimited capabilities of the institution. In recent decades, another promise has emerged: that medicine will work because physicians will always come through no matter what the institutional roadblocks.'"