Why ABC’s 'The Good Doctor' Is THE Medical Series To Watch Right Now

Why ABC’s 'The Good Doctor' Is THE Medical Series To Watch Right Now

Following the journey of a surgical resident through the eyes of Shaun Murphy.
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If you’re like me, you have watched (and re-watched) every single episode of "House" and its ending (no spoilers ahead) left you wanting another show like it. Well, ABC has finally answered our wishes and released a hard-hitting medical series.

The story follows the journey of Dr. Shaun Murphy who is a new surgical resident at St. Bonaventure Hospital. Sounds like another prosaic medical series right? Well...IT IS NOT. Although the plot is similar to many other series, the tagline highlights Dr. Murphy’s struggle to fit in with the “normal” staff at St. Bonaventure as he is diagnosed with autism and savant syndrome. His diagnosis leads many of the prestigious board members of the hospital to believe that his condition will put him at a deficit, due to his inability to interact appropriately with patients. However, this so-called “deficit” lends Dr. Murphy a sixth sense which many of his superiors failed to have acquired despite their experience.

With his unique perspective, he single-handedly and cunningly goes above and beyond normal guidelines and is not afraid to propose ideas that seem preposterous to his seniors. Despite the fact that his ideas get ridiculed, in the end, they yield promising results for his patients. The character’s resilience is echoed within the support and advocacy he receives from the president of the hospital, Dr. Glassman, who pushes his board to give people like Shaun a chance so that “[They can] give hope to those people with limitations that those limitations aren’t what they think they are.” That statement wowed me and won me over. Dr. Glassman’s insistence to stand up for Shaun makes this show AMAZING. It shows a unique and positive perspective on what our society views as “limiting.” It destroys the normative stereotype of autism as something which is anything but limiting.

Aside from the medical references, the show goes on to portray doctors for what they really are, humans. Dr. Murphy hesitates to send some of his patients home because he doesn't have a clear-cut answer when asked: “Am I OK?” Murphy lingers with that question because he isn't sure. His honesty makes him question himself in the regard that the patient has been treated for the symptoms that they initially presented with, but are they really OK? His hesitance highlights the truth behind what many people fail to acknowledge: it is OK for a doctor to not know the answer to everything. That, dear readers, is the truth. It is impossible for a doctor to have immediate answers for every situation that a patient presents with.

Straying further away from a typical medical series, ABC’s “The Good Doctor” also paints Shaun’s childhood. That picture is something that I highly appraise ABC for. I keep on insisting that on the journey to med school almost every single doctor I have known forgets why they are in it in the first place; they get so lost in their books that they forget themselves. But, Dr. Murphy does not. In fact, he keeps an orange, toy scalpel (presented to him by his younger brother) with him at all times to remind himself where he started from and how hard he had to work to get here. Most of what Dr. Murphy knows about life is taught to him by his younger brother; basic interactions and social skills, as well as life lessons that he continuously reminisces about to give himself encouragement. Aside from his commitment as a doctor, Shaun’s backstory also helps him stay anchored to his mission statement: he wants to help save people.

I cannot wait for the next episode. And if you cant either, “The Good Doctor” airs on ABC every Monday night at 10 p.m.

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To The Parent Who Chose Addiction

Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.

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When I was younger I resented you, I hated every ounce of you, and I used to question why God would give me a parent like you. Not now. Now I see the beauty and the blessings behind having an addict for a parent. If you're reading this, it isn't meant to hurt you, but rather to thank you.

Thank you for choosing your addiction over me.

Throughout my life, you have always chosen the addiction over my programs, my swim meets or even a simple movie night. You joke about it now or act as if I never questioned if you would wake up the next morning from your pill and alcohol-induced sleep, but I thank you for this. I thank you because I gained a relationship with God. The amount of time I spent praying for you strengthened our relationship in ways I could never explain.

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Thank you for giving me a stronger bond with our family.

The amount of hurt and disappointment our family has gone through has brought us closer together. I have a relationship with Nanny and Pop that would never be as strong as it is today if you had been in the picture from day one. That in itself is a blessing.

Thank you for showing me how to love.

From your absence, I have learned how to love unconditionally. I want you to know that even though you weren't here, I love you most of all. No matter the amount of heartbreak, tears, and pain I've felt, you will always be my greatest love.

Thank you for making me strong.

Thank you for leaving and for showing me how to be independent. From you, I have learned that I do not need anyone else to prove to me that I am worthy of being loved. From you, I have learned that life is always hard, but you shouldn't give into the things that make you feel good for a short while, but should search for the real happiness in life.

Most of all, thank you for showing me how to turn my hurt into motivation.

I have learned that the cycle of addiction is not something that will continue into my life. You have hurt me more than anyone, but through that hurt, I have pushed myself to become the best version of myself.

Thank you for choosing the addiction over me because you've made me stronger, wiser, and loving than I ever could've been before.

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