Television depictions of medicine are often a far cry from the workings of a real hospital – the doctors seem to have rather a lot of spare time for personal dramas, and wouldn’t look out of place on the red carpet.

But arguably, there are some good ones out there. In a continuation of the 4 top medical dramas listed, here are 5 more suggestions for your viewing pleasure.

1. Pure Genius

This is a new American medical drama television series created by Jason Katims. The show is centred on James Bell, a Silicon Valley billionaire with a devastating health secret who embarks in a race against time to build a state-of-the-art hospital to treat all rare and incurable diseases. He partners with a maverick surgeon, Dr. Walter Wallace, who, in contrast, believes in human-based medicine and is sceptical of Bell’s tech-based approach to healthcare. Pure Genius attempts to offer us a glimpse of what medicine could be in the future, without issues like bureaucracy, lack of funding, red tape and selfish motives.

2. Nurse Jackie

This American nursing comedy-drama series, starring Edie Falco as the titular character Jackie Peyton, an overworked but skilful emergency department nurse at All Saints' Hospital in New York City. Jackie is far from being a paragon of morality - she is a recidivist prescription-painkiller addict empowered by professional knowledge and personal cunning. However, she is good in other ways that mattered. She is skilled at saving lives, and she can be a sincerely and selflessly good mother and friend (when her goals were not being compromised). A layered anti-heroine, she is open yet guarded, self-deceiving yet hyper alert. In a way, her failings, and her awareness of them, sometimes make her better – more understanding, more perceptive, because she recognises them in herself.

3. Good Doctor (Gut Dakteo)

This 2013 South Korean medical drama television series centres on Park Shi-on, an autistic savant with exceptional memory and extreme ability to medically diagnose and treat injures through spatial recognition. He eventually enters the field of paediatric surgery as a resident, where he is given 6 months to prove himself. However, due to his atypical mental and emotional condition, Shi-on faces conflict from his peers and patients, who view him as childlike and unreliable. His life is complicated further when he starts falling for Cha Yoon-Seo, one of his colleagues. This show touches on themes like mental disability, sibling bond, family loyalty, redemption, and overcoming adversity.

4. M*A*S*H

This classic American television series was adapted from the 1970 feature film MASH (which was itself based on the 1968 novel MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors, by Richard Hooker). The TV series is one of the highest-rated shows in U.S. television history. Set in a surgical hospital just behind the front lines in Korea, members of the 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) care for the injured during the Korean War and use humour to escape from the horror and depression of the situation. The story has a relatively constant ensemble cast featuring Captain Benjamin "Hawkeye" Pierce, Major. Margaret "Hot Lips" Houlihan, Father Mulcahy and Corporal Max Klinger. Airing on network primetime while the Vietnam War was still going on, the show was forced to walk the fine line of commenting on that war while at the same time not seeming to protest against it. For this reason, the show's discourse, under the cover of comedy, often questioned, mocked, and grappled with America's role in the Cold War.

5. Call the Midwife

Call the Midwife is a BBC period drama series about the day-to-day lives of a group of nurse midwives working in the East End of London in the late 1950s and early 1960s, with certain historical events of the era, such as the post-World War II baby boom, post-war immigration and the 1948 founding of the NHS, having a direct or indirect effect on the characters and storylines. The show tackles a wide range of topics and contemporary social, cultural and economic issues, some of which may be as relevant today. These include local community, miscarriage and stillbirths, abortion and unwanted pregnancies, birth defects, poverty, illness and disease epidemics, prostitution, incest, religion and faith, racism and prejudice, alcoholism, homosexuality (then illegal), and maternal, paternal and romantic love. Concerned with choice in the most universal sense, its portrayal of women navigating a world that is rapidly opening up yet still restrictive is warm amidst the darkness of its subject matter. MIMS

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