A study in the latest issue of The American Journal of Bioethics says 80 per cent of medical and nursing students watch television medical dramas. All that's available online of the study is an abstract, but it gives some tantalizing details.
"Viewing of television medical dramas is a social event and many students discuss the bioethical issues they observe with friends and family. Television medical dramas may stimulate students to think about and discuss bioethical issues."
I have heard many in the medical and ethics fields complain that our medical schools do not do enough to emphasize ethics in the curriculum.
Could this be a symptom of that? It would seem that the students, at least, are interested in discussing the issue.