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Drama of medical dramas
  1. Fabrizio Elia1,
  2. Francesco Panero1,
  3. Vincenzo Crupi2,
  4. Franco Aprà1
  1. 1 High Dependency Unit, San Giovanni Bosco Hospital, Turin, Italy
  2. 2 Department of Philosophy and Education, Center for Logic, Language, and Cognition, University of Turin, Turin, Italy
  1. Correspondence to Dr Fabrizio Elia, High Dependency Unit, San Giovanni Bosco Hospital, Torino 10154, Italy; fa.elia{at}

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We have read with great interest the paper by Colwill et al 1 about cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on television. In their study, they meant to identify how well popular medical dramas depicted CPR. They have shown that the portrayal of CPR in television dramas is inadequate and does not comply with published guidelines. The authors conclude that people are increasingly misled about CPR technique the more they tune into these popular programmes and that medical dramas currently represent a wasted opportunity to indirectly educate the public on CPR. We fully agree with the authors, and we share the view that this poor representation is actually misinforming lay viewers.

We also believe, however, that an even more dangerous potential implication should be …

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