According to the Journal of Medical Ethics (the first time I’ve referenced them here, if you’re counting!),the Denny Duquette/Izzie Stevens storyline on Grey’s Anatomy was the worst ethical breach on television medical shows studied for their portrayal of ethical issues.
Johns Hopkins University medical student Matthew Czarny watched Season 2 of Grey’s Anatomy and House and coded each event of medical ethics.
And guess which storyline contained the worst ethical breach?
The worst ethical breach? Czarny doesn’t hesitate. The multi-episode plot on Grey’s about intern Izzie Stevens falling in love with heart patient Denny Duquette. To move him up on the transplant list, she cuts the wire to the device supporting his heart, worsening his condition. (No happy ending: He gets a new heart, but dies. Stevens confesses and quits.
Oh Matthew, if only it ended there! Have you Season 5 yet?
ETA: Please don’t take this post in any way except the fun it was meant to be. I thought it was funny that this med student picked this storyline as the worst ethical breach on GA and House. Seriously, have you seen what House gets up to sometimes??
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