No matter how minor your medical issues, you want them treated responsibly. But in the world of the movies, what passes for medicine is far from accurate and can even be dangerous. A shot to the heart or defibrillation on a wet patient straight from a swimming pool? Not in real life. Here are some major medical mess-ups made famous by films.
“The Abyss” Of Medical Errors
While medicine has come a long way since 1989, the medical shortfalls in James Cameron’s “The Abyss” were egregious even then – they got the practice of CPR completely wrong! Performing weak chest compressions with bent arms for a very brief period, unsurprisingly fails to restart the patient’s heart, and somehow the water surrounding the patient doesn’t cause electrocution when they administer shocks. [Read more…]