We had a little fun with our latest poll. We asked our physicians, what is your favorite fictional doctor of all time? The favorites were “Hawkeye” Pierce from “M*A*S*H,” Gregory House, MD from “House M.D.” and “Bones” McCoy from “Star Trek.”
The results are below:
- Dr. Benjamin Franklin “Hawkeye” Pierce 29%
- Dr. Gregory House 19%
- Dr. Leonard H. “Bones” McCoy 15%
- Dr. John H. Watson (Sherlock) 13%
- Dr. Percival “Perry” Ulysses Cox (Scrubs) 9%
- Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman 4%
- Dr. Beverly Crusher (Star Trek, Next Gen) 4%
- Dr. Henry Jekyll 3%
- Dr. Kerry Weaver (ER) 1%
Both Pierce and House are flawed characters who showed their struggles with real issues as they cared for patients. Pierce, famously dealt with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) as the series final story line and House wrestled with drug addiction through part of the show. Both men always showed a deep commitment to their patients and a commitment to giving the best care to patients. And yes, even McCoy in his way, did the same.
For more information about PTSD and veterans, our post about what medical symptoms doctors look for in patients with PTSD is insightful.
As a physician, what do you consider compelling attributes for fictional doctors? Do you think showing flaws is a good thing? While we do have some lighter topics inside Sermo, about 60 percent of the discussion is about clinical and practice management topics. If you’re an M.D. or D.O. please join us.
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