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Hollywood Science
« on: 16/08/2006 13:05:18 »
I thought this link may be of interest to readers of this forum:-

" Hollywood Science
Robert Llewellyn (Red Dwarf, Scrap Heap Challenge) and Dr Jonathan Hare (Rough Science) take on Hollywood Science, testing the science that filmgoers take for granted. Armed only with basic tools, our intrepid DIY duo put some of Hollywood’s most famous sequences to the test by recreating them - in Jonathan’s back garden..."


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Re: Hollywood Science
« Reply #1 on: 16/08/2006 13:09:39 »
This sounds like mythbusters from Discovery Channel.

Don't make me angry, I have advanced "Green Technology".

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Re: Hollywood Science
« Reply #2 on: 16/08/2006 14:18:53 »
Excellent..thanks Robert.

They never did make that Red Dwarf film did they ? *le sigh*

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Re: Hollywood Science
« Reply #3 on: 18/08/2006 16:11:57 »
" The impact of television fiction on public expectations of survival following inhospital cardiopulmonary resuscitation by medical professionals.
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European Journal of Emergency Medicine. 9(4):325-329, December 2002.
Van den Bulck, Jan J.M.
Rationale: Research has shown that the public overestimates the survival chances of patients after cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Other studies have suggested that demonstrably exaggerated survival rates in medical television fiction might affect these estimates. Such studies were mostly conducted in the United States, dealt with cardiopulmonary resuscitation in general, and asked respondents to indicate their source of medical information, an unreliable survey technique.

Objective: To examine whether public perceptions of survival after inhospital cardiopulmonary resuscitation by physicians and nurses is related to the consumption of medical drama, without relying on respondents' self-reports of what influences them. To examine whether training in basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation techniques mediates this relationship.

Methods: A random sample of 820 third and fifth year secondary school students completed a questionnaire in which they indicated their consumption of medical television fiction, their practical knowledge of cardiopulmonary resuscitation techniques, and their estimates of the survival rate after inhospital cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Results: A relationship was found between the consumption of medical television drama and higher estimates of cardiopulmonary resuscitation survival. Practical knowledge of cardiopulmonary resuscitation also resulted in increased estimated survival rates. An interaction effect of drama and practical knowledge was found. Respondents with practical knowledge were less affected by television.

Conclusions: The consumption of medical television drama is related to overestimating survival chances after inhospital resuscitation by physicians and nurses following cardiopulmonary arrest. A practical knowledge of basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation techniques moderates but does not eliminate the television effect. ";jsessionid=GlYfW3KhqK3lf1pdTKn0GWdcy4h9Nj79HLTsGbV31yfbrqbnYFqJ!-1693609116!-949856145!8091!-1

Whilst on this subject, I have seen TV shows where mains (AC) electricity is used to restart a person's heart, please don't try this at home:-
 " AC electricity cannot be used because it is considerably more likely to kill the patient."
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