The Death of Dr. Shock

The call came from one of my attendings at night during my cardiology fellowship. It had a touch of the black humor that medical persons don’t like to admit bubbles up to the surface from time to time. “You know Dr. Shock, the guy on TV? He’s being transferred. He’s having a big infarct and… Continue reading The Death of Dr. Shock

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1950s Prescription Drug Commercial

If annoying 21st century TV prescription drug ads were run as annoying 1950s TV ads (and taking into consideration 1950s morals and censorship). Here is a pdf version of this post formatted as a screenplay, if you’d prefer (it looks nicer).  ====== CUT TO: TITLE CARD. “The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show.” Theme music begins. HARRY… Continue reading 1950s Prescription Drug Commercial

Weekdays with Maury

When I was working I never watched daytime TV. Even now I don’t watch much TV, usually just some news shows. Nevertheless recently I had occasion to watch some daytime television and I happened on the Maury Povich Show. Disobeying my better instincts to change the channel, I spent some time watching it, and the similar… Continue reading Weekdays with Maury

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1984 in 2014

I am rereading George Orwell’s 1984.  The first time I read it was in the 1960s.  Reading it again I wonder if he shouldn’t have titled it 2014.  The book is closer to reality now than it ever was.  No, we don’t have a dictator named Big Brother looming over us.  But the ubiquitous electronic… Continue reading 1984 in 2014

Ask Your Doctor if TV Drug Ads Are Right For You

The only thing more annoying than TV commercials is TV drug commercials. Nowadays the two have become virtually synonymous  Whatever happened to commercials for Tide or the Ginzu knife? Now it’s one mind-numbing Cialis, Pristiq, or Lyrica commercial after another. There’s the commercial with the doctor standing in his white coat out in public next to a giant mirror,… Continue reading Ask Your Doctor if TV Drug Ads Are Right For You

Most Popular Post and Goodbye to a Goddess

I installed WordPress Jetpack recently.  Among other features, it tracks traffic to individual blog posts.  It’s interesting that of all the topics I’ve blogged about, this is the most popular post.  There is not doubt that the special effects of that old series, especially the surface shots, hold up very well even by today’s standards. … Continue reading Most Popular Post and Goodbye to a Goddess

Categorized as Movies, TV

Voyage Season 4 Part 2 Is Coming!

I’ve posted before about the DVD releases of the 60s TV series, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea.  Although without a doubt the first 2 seasons (especially the black and white first season) were the best, there is something great or at least nostalgic to the true Voyage fan in all of the shows. … Continue reading Voyage Season 4 Part 2 Is Coming!

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