Michael Crichton has created a medical drama that chronicles life and death in a Chicago hospital emergency room. Each episode tells the tale of another day in the ER, from the exciting to the mundane, and the joyous to the heart-rending. Frenetic pacing, interwoven plot lines, and emotional rollercoastering is used to attempt to accurately depict the stressful environment found there. This show even portrays the plight of medical students in their quest to become physicians. Written by
Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>
From the first introduction of Dr. Kerry Weaver (Laura Innes), the character walked with a limp and used a cane. The reason behind Weaver's disability went unexplained for many years (even to Innes--in an Ability Magazine interview, she said that the writers "wanted to keep it open, and not have it be something that was an issue"). Not until season 11 did the show reveal that Weaver's condition was congenital hip dysplasia. But in 2006, not long before Innes left the show, the showrunners decided to have Weaver undergo surgery that would eliminate the limp and the need for the crutch. This was because Laura Innes had started to experience some real-life medical problems from her decade of playing Weaver with a limp. Innes told a reporter, "My real back was getting screwed up. I got a bone density test and the bottom of my spine is starting to curve on one side from 10 years of raising my hip. . . . I've just started going to the chiropractor. I don't need an operation." See more »
Doctors and nurses frequently wear their stethoscopes backwards - with the binaural pointed toward the back of the head rather than the face - while listening to heart or lung sounds. In reality, this would not allow the listener to hear ANYTHING, as sound would be transmitted into the skin at the back of the outer ear rather than down the ear canal. See more »
[walks into chairs, and sees Lucy sitting in the middle of a luau group]
Hey, Luce, you just get here?
Bernard, what are you doing?
[looking around at the scene]
Oh, some fire twirler burnt his butt, and the whole troupe's waiting for him.
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The life and times of doctors at Cook County General Hospital, Chicago.
The best medical drama ever to be aired! It's fast paced, emotional, and suspenseful. The cast is unbeatable. Composed of some of the best actors and actresses Hollywood has ever seen including George Clooney. The show is extremely realistic down to the smallest detail, yet easy enough to understand. There is a lot of drama, but also some comic relief. The characters are all unique and different, but they work well together on stage. The plots and sub-plots are very diversified, but they all tie in somehow. The writing and coordination is incredible. I would recommend this show to everyone, it sure is a change from the warm fuzzies of television!
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