June 2015

The Circus Comes to the Emergency Department

Author Affiliations
  • 1Global Media Center for Social Impact, Fielding School of Public Health, University of California, Los Angeles

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JAMA Intern Med. 2015;175(6):883-884. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2015.1112

Television cameras have been in the emergency department (ED) ever since ABC News began airing a series of documentaries, such as Boston Med and NY Med, depicting the high-pitched life-and-death drama of saving lives in the ED. Renowned hospitals such as Johns Hopkins, New York–Presbyterian, Brigham and Women’s, Massachusetts General, and Boston Medical Center have welcomed camera crews into their EDs to present the wrenching decisions that physicians and their patients and families must make at the most critical times in their lives.1,2

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