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Hopkins
Genre Documentary
Written by Terry Wrong
Country of origin  United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 7
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Original run 26 June 2008 – 7 August 2008
Status Ended

Hopkins is a seven-part documentary TV series set at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, a teaching hospital in Baltimore, Maryland (USA).[1][2][3] It premiered in the United States on June 26, 2008 on ABC[3] and is currently airing in syndication on the We TV Network. The theme for the show "So Much to Say" was written by songwriter Matthew Puckett.

Created as a real-life adjunct to the ABC hit Grey's Anatomy,[1] it follows the professional lives of hospital caregivers and their patients. The show is a follow-up to the ABC Special Hopkins 24/7, from 2000.[4]

Controversy

The fourth episode of the series featured a young boy with a serious, irreversible heart condition. His heart was barely functioning at a level high enough to keep him alive, and he went into cardiac arrest during a heart biopsy. During a discussion among the boy's doctors about the course of treatment, Dr. James Fackler, a pediatric critical care specialist, was shown saying "It's my opinion that we should just let the child die". This comment incited controversy among viewers, who considered it insensitive.

In a video on ABC's Hopkins website, Dr. Fackler elaborated on what he meant, explaining that if the boy required a heart transplant, mechanical life support (ECMO) would not keep him alive long enough for a new heart to become available.

Some viewers also took offense to comments made by vascular surgeon Dr. Tom Reifsnyder, who (jokingly) commented that all allergies were "undealt-with childhood issues" and suggested that they should be treated psychiatrically.

Footnotes

  1. ^ a b "ABC schedules checkup at 'Hopkins'". Variety Online (Reed Elsevier Inc.). 2008-03-16. http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117982502.html?categoryid=1236%02cs=1&cs=1. Retrieved 2008-06-24.  
  2. ^ Zurawik, David (2008-04-01). "ABC News producer on what makes Johns Hopkins great". The Baltimore Sun (Tribune Company). http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/entertainment/critics/blog/2008/04/abc_producer_on_what_makes_joh.html. Retrieved 2008-06-24.  
  3. ^ a b The Futon Critic (2008). "HOPKINS 24/7". Press release. http://www.thefutoncritic.com/listings.aspx?id=20080610abc01. Retrieved 2008-06-24.  
  4. ^ Carman, John (2000-08-30). "Hospital Delivers A Dose of Real Life". San Francisco Chronicle (Hearst Communications Inc.). http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2000/08/30/DD9144.DTL. Retrieved 2008-06-24.  

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