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BioethicsTV: “Heartbeat” tackles therapeutic misconception

by Craig Klugman, Ph.D.

On episode 4 of Heartbeat, the heroine, Dr. Panttiere has received hospital funding to try an experimental cancer treatment on 5 patients. The intervention uses laparoscopic surgery to implant radioactive pellets directly into tumors. The show presents a good debate on the values of enrolling patients because the characters discuss the hope of more time versus providing patients with comfortable quality of life at the end of life. The side-by-side contrast is quite literal as the camera shows Panttiere sitting next to her paramour, Dr.…

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