Playing Doctor: Television, Storytelling, and Medical Power. University of Michigan Press, 2010.

Playing Doctor is an engaging and highly-perceptive history of the medical TV series from its inception to the present day. Joseph 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.