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22nd December 2016

Medtech TV: The Holiday Watch List

Ready to escape the winter cold and curl up with a hot drink in front of the screen?

Medtech can be very entertaining. Here are our totally unscientific recommendations for a TV marathon. Pick your mood, and we have the TV series to match.

1. Feeling optimistic? Why not reimagine health care…

Royal Pains (2009-2016). Starring Mark Feuerstein (Hank) as a brilliant physician and the awesome Reshma Shetty (Divya) as his rich, glamorous associate, this series breaks ground in the medical genre with a subtext of how medtech is fueling the emerging trend of mobile medicine. The setting in New York’s super-wealthy Hamptons provides philosophical interest by contrasting the giga-rich with the less well-off. A Mossad agent’s medical kit plays a key role in the first episode. Then the fun begins in earnest as Divya arrives on the scene with an SUV packed to the roof with emergency equipment she bought on sale, Hank’s brother experiments with business plans and Hank finds himself in business as a bureaucracy-fighting “concierge doctor” operating out of a guest cottage on the estate of a mysterious billionaire aristocrat.

2. Tired of fake holiday cheer? Indulge your inner surly…

House (2004-2012). This long-running series stars Peter Laurie as Dr. House, a 21st century Sherlock Holmes. A hilarious archetype of political incorrectness, Dr. House is a brilliant diagnostician who despises patients (“patients always lie”) and loathes clinical practice. The show features some very cool medtech. Expert tip: Consider skipping the “Merry Little Christmas” episode in Season 3, as the ramifications of Dr. House’s addiction to painkillers are very depressing.

3. Have an awful boss? Find catharsis with Dr. Bambi…

Scrubs (2001-2010). Dr. John “J.D.” Dorian (Zach Braff), a young nice-guy doctor, is a deer in the headlights among the cynical senior physicians in this Friends-like hospital series. He gets by with a plenty of help from his friends.

4. Got the holiday blues? Cheer up, at least you’re not in an emergency room…

ER (1994-2009). Choose from 331 episodes for frantic activity, heartbreak and George Clooney, with lots of incision close-ups and really gross scenes involving bodily fluids. Created by Michael Crichton, ER is set in the urban battleground of Chicago.

5. Craving drama binge watching? Get comfortable in your sofa and get ready for…

Grey’s Anatomy (2005-present). Get inspired by the ambitious medical crew at Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital, shed some tears at the wealth of surprising story twists and get your hopes up at the future of medical innovations. Grey’s Anatomy will take you through a wide range of feelings in matters of episodes!

6.  Dreaming of California? Fuel your fantasies with…

Private Practice (2007-2013). If you liked Grey’s Anatomy, you’ll probably enjoy this spin-off which takes places in the dreamy, sunny California and whose good-looking characters may be the right prescription for holiday boredom!

If all else fails, turn off the TV and sing “Deck the Halls”…

According to a study conducted at the University of Frankfurt, a simple, widely available form of medtech called singing boosts the immune system and improves emotional affect. The Frankfurt scientists experimented with an amateur choir, but we’ll bet that belting out “We Wish You A Merry Christmas” will work when done with consenting friends and family members.

This Is Medtech thanks all doctors, inventors, scientists and readers for their wonderful work. We wish you a merry Christmas and a happy, healthy New Year!