Primetime Bioethics: Clinical & Medical Ethics Edition

 

CBHD often receives requests from educators and other individuals for popular resources that engage bioethics through various media (fiction, film, and television). In this resource, we offer a recap of materials relevant to clinical and medical ethics that have premiered on television. Viewers are cautioned that the shows represent a wide variety of genres and may not be appropriate for all audiences. They are encouraged to read annotations/synopses available through such websites as www.movieweb.com or www.imdb.com. If there is a show you think we missed, email us at info@cbhd.org.

 

Clinical & Medical Ethics

  • House, M.D. (2004–2012, TV-14)
    • This provocative medical drama has inspired a number of books exploring the intersection of philosophy and pop culture with particular emphasis on bioethics. Publishers include Berkley Trade, Routledge, Smart Pop, and Wiley.
    • (Topics: Clinical Ethics, End of Life, Informed Consent, Physician-Patient Relationship)
  • Scrubs (2001–2010, TV-14)
    • In the unreal world of Sacred Heart Hospital, intern John "J.D." Dorian learns the ways of medicine, friendship and life (IMDB description).
    • (Topics: Clinical Ethics, Healthcare Ethics, Physician-Patient Relationship)

 

Patient's Rights / Informed Consent

  • Anon (2018, TV-MA)
    • In a world without anonymity or crime, a detective meets a woman who threatens their security (IMDB description).
    • (Topics: Augmented Reality, Cognitive Enhancement, Neuroethics, Privacy, Technology & Society)
  • Ascension (2014, TV-MA)
    • A young woman's murder causes the subjects of a century-long mission to populate a new world to question the true nature of the project as they approach the point of no return (IMDB description).
    • (Topics: Consent, Eugenics, Population Control, Research Ethics)
  • Black Mirror (2011–present, TV-MA)
    • An anthology series exploring a twisted, high-tech multiverse where humanity's greatest innovations and darkest instincts collide (IMDB description).
    • (Topics: Virtual reality, Consciousness Uploading, Privacy, Human Enhancement)
  • House, M.D. (2004–2012, TV-14)
    • This provocative medical drama has inspired a number of books exploring the intersection of philosophy and pop culture with particular emphasis on bioethics. Publishers include Berkley Trade, Routledge, Smart Pop, and Wiley.
    • (Topics: Clinical Ethics, End of Life, Informed Consent, Physician-Patient Relationship)
  • Person of Interest (2011–2016, TV-14)
    • An ex-CIA agent and a wealthy programmer save lives via a surveillance AI that sends them the identities of civilians involved in impending crimes. However, the details of the crimes, including the civilians' roles, are left a mystery (IMDB description).
    • (Topics: Artificial Intelligence, Human-Machine Interactions, Personhood, Privacy)
  • Scrubs (2001–2010, TV-14)
    • In the unreal world of Sacred Heart Hospital, intern John "J.D." Dorian learns the ways of medicine, friendship and life (IMDB description).
    • (Topics: Clinical Ethics, Healthcare Ethics, Physician-Patient Relationship)

 

 

Updated Summer 2019