Name that bizarre late 80s medical reality show.
November 19, 2008 4:14 PM Subscribe
ObscureTVFilter: Help me remember the name of this strange medical reality TV show from my childhood. It aired on American television either in the late 1980s or early 90s, and followed clinic patients into an exam room to record their interactions with the doctor and his ultimate diagnosis.
posted by iamisaid to Media & Arts (4 answers total)
As I recall, the doctor exams were long individual segments, in which the doctor would go over the patient's history, give them an examination, and then make a diagnosis and prescribe a treatment before the commercial. After the commercial, there was a new patient, and possibly a different doctor.
The whole thing was rather low-budget and had a kind of an over-dramatic tone. I recall thinking the entire concept was a huge violation of doctor-patient confidentiality, and then thinking it rather strange that someone would allow themselves to be filmed speaking with their doctor about their medical conditions.
Just to be clear, these were real patients and real doctors. Also, I can't be certain but I believe the show came on one of the UHF channels, possibly late at night. I'm guessing it was syndicated. In some ways it was a little bit like The People's Court, but for medicine.
Any idea what this was? If you don't know the name, do you recall having seen something like this so I know I didn't dream it up?