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I'm watching "Law and Order": Do you think the following conditions/sentences could be applied in reality as described?

Asked by luigirovatti (2392points) November 19th, 2020

(N.B. It’s the legal TV series, not the SVU or others. It’s the very first episode of the first season.)

SENTENCE 1: There’s a guy, 25 years old, basically healthy. He has a bad headache. His neck’s sore, but that’s ambiguous. A doctor prescribes peridine for the headache without a patient work-up. It masks the symptoms of meningitis this guy has.

SENTENCE 2: A patient walks on with a headache. Does she have a subarachnoid hemorrhage, a berry aneurism, a retro-orbital tumor, or just a simple headache?

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jca2's avatar

Sounds more like “E.R” or “Grey’s Anatomy.”

Dutchess_III's avatar

Or “House.”

rebbel's avatar

As in: “I hereby sentence you to walking around with a subarachnoid hemorrhage”?

luigirovatti's avatar

@rebbel: Sentence 2 was said by the defendant in his defense (though not at court, he was defending himself from the beginning). Sentence 1 was said by an intern accusing the doctor saying Sentence 2. The doctor which said Sentence 2 gave false prescriptions to his patients because he was drunk.

zenvelo's avatar

Yes, once you give the context properly, it is a “realistic” conversation between two doctors.

You framed your question as if it was taking place in a legal setting.

And what do you mean by a “false prescription”? Like telling the patient he is getting a pain pill but getting a sugar pill instead? or do you mean “the incorrect prescription”?

Dutchess_III's avatar

Caravanfan has a field day with medical shows!”

luigirovatti's avatar

@zenvelo: First of all, you correctly said “incorrect prescription”. I was wrong. Second, true, the sentences, though unrelated to each other, do not take place in a legal setting. That said, I never said they were. I merely said they were said in a legal TV series. And in this series, there could also be scenes not in a courtroom.

Dutchess_III's avatar

What, exactly is a “legal TV series?” Were I Dream of Jeannie or Mr. Ed “legal tv series?”

luigirovatti's avatar

@Dutchess_III: I refer to legal TV series, though officially it’s called “legal drama”, when there are a lot of courtroom scenes, with lawyers, judges, a jury, the DA, the defendants, you know, the works.

Tropical_Willie's avatar

So your point @luigirovatti is . . . . ?

luigirovatti's avatar

@Tropical_Willie: @Dutchess_III asked what I meant by “legal TV series”, and I answered.

luigirovatti's avatar

Oh, I forgot to mention, instead of legal sentences, I meant English sentences. The mention of “legal” is purely a coincidence.

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