Sunday, September 25, 2011


Let me tell you how medicine has ruined TV for me.

I remember a couple of years back when I had the pleasure of being a guest at a family friends' home in Aberdeen. While the Akak was preparing dinner, her brother sat watching TV with me. He flicked through a couple of random channels and finally settled on House. My favorite show, he says with a grin. Halfway through and 10 minutes into what seemed like a very complicated Dr House-y medical rant, I couldn't help but ask "Do you even understand what they're talking about?" I mean really, here i was the 2nd year self-proclaimed nerdy medical student who hadn't a clue what Dr House nor his legion of gifted doctors were saying, no way this dude who graduated with an engineering degree or business or whatever, would?! (Hahaha, okay so I was a little conceited, shoot me!). His eyes still glued to the TV, he deadpans "If i knew what they were saying, it'll take away all the fun." 

I didn't really appreciate what he said then, but now that i think about it, how true! Oh, how true! You see, watching TV is like enjoying a magic show, the less you know, the better it is. I'll give you an example.

Last night i was watching an episode of Big Bang Theory. If u are unfamiliar with the show, it is a sitcom about a bunch of intelligent friends ('intelligent' being the key word here) and their funny antiques as they try to navigate a world not meant for geeky geniuses. Anyhow, Geek1 tells Geek2 that his neck hurts. Geek2 suggest that perhaps massage would help. So she tells him with explicit detail to place his hand between his clavicle and acromion just where the glenohemural fascia is, which he does, wrongly!! Idiots, i thought to myself. That's not where it is! And the whole show was ruined for me. Sigh~

I could come up with more examples of medical mishaps in TV world, but i'm sure u already get my point.  That sometimes ignorance is indeed bliss!