Under the Microscope | The Good Doctor- Rimjhim Sayana

Today, on Guess the Fandom is…*drumroll* The Good Doctor.

This whole issue was about having a conscience and giving back to society, which got me thinking: what show can I relate this to? The Good Doctor. That’s the show. Now, doctors are those people who save lives. I think they have contributed to the society, much more than they’re given credit for.

The Good Doctor is a TV show is about a doctor (surprise!) named Shaun Murphy, who is autistic and also has savant syndrome. This leads to many questioning his ability to be a good doctor, let alone a good surgeon. They believe that being a surgeon is not just about being skilled at the actual job; it’s about communication, patience, and learning. He is a surgical resident and high stakes have been placed on him. He is told that he doesn’t belong there and that there is no scope for him. At every turn, he proves them wrong. He keeps giving them a reason why he should be there. Because he’s “nothing less than excellent.” He learns a lot through the people, and they learn a lot through him.

This show has an amazing plot line with twists and turns that leave us at the edge of our seats. It shows the troubles and tests that a doctor, in his or her line of work, goes through. This show might revolve around Shaun, but it doesn’t mean that it doesn’t focus on other characters and how their lives have also been affected. Most importantly, it shows the politics involved in hospitals; just because you’re a doctor, doesn’t mean you’re a saint.

In multiple episodes, we get to witness the behind-the-scenes manoeuvring that takes place in the medical sector, and how it sometimes blinds professionals towards the difference between right and wrong. The point being, that doing what is right for everyone is more important. They are surgeons, a person’s life is in their hand (in some cases, all their organs). They have some duties as a doctor that they must never forget. In trying to one-up each other, they occasionally forget what brought them together in the first place.

There are episodes revolving around how the doctors have to put their ego and personal opinions about the patients aside and focus on what’s most important: saving a life. It deals with respecting others and understanding the fact that your actions have consequences.

This show deals with so many aspects of life, with such ease and poise. Gender equality, LGBTQ, trust, what it takes to be a decent human being, mental illnesses and most importantly, how everyone has their own abilities and strengths. It truly teaches us acceptance.

I highly recommend this show. It’s amazing and worth every second.

 


 

GLOSSARY:

Savant syndrome is a condition in which someone with significant mental disabilities demonstrates certain abilities far in excess of average. The skills at which savants excel are generally related to memory. This may include rapid calculation, artistic ability, map making, or musical ability.

Autism spectrum disorder impacts the nervous system and affects the overall cognitive, emotional, social and physical health of the affected individual. It impairs the ability to communicate and interact.

 


 

~ Rimjhim Sayana, Amity International School, Noida 

 

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