Real Doctor Reacts to DOOGIE HOWSER M.D. | Medical Drama Review

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– Do we need some ID from him
to make sure that he’s legit? – I know. (laughing) – You sure? Let’s see some ID here! – Doogie Howser, that’s
the nickname. (chuckling) (relaxed EDM music) Outside of knowing that
everyone has forever called me Doogie Howser, I had no idea who Doogie Howser was. I didn’t know how it was even spelled. I’m excited to watch it. Let’s flick it on. Is it a weird way to say it? (cracking up) Let’s flick it on. – Let’s turn around. There’s been an accident. Just pull over here. What are you doing? There’s the car. Stop at once.
– [Mrs. Howser] Doogie. – [Driving Instructor] Improper speed. – [Mrs. Howser] Doogie,
you’re going too fast. – Unacceptably excessive. – Please Doogie, slow down. – [Driving Instructor] For
God’s sake, what are you doing? This is unacceptable. Return to the vehicle! – Return to the vehicle! (crowd chattering)
(Sirens blaring) – Get the hell out of there, kid. – Let go of me. – [Officer] Walt, grab this kid, will ya? – Get your hands off me. – You want to go to jail? – No, you’ll be going to
jail for criminal negligence. This man has a dislocated
fracture of the femur and he’s going to lose his leg
unless I fix it right away. Now hold his torso down
while I rotate his leg. – What the hell are you talking about? – [Doogie] There’s no
pulse behind the knee. He’ll lose his leg to gang green. – We’re not moving this– – Just hold it down! (laughing loudly) – I can’t believe I’ve never watched this. Looks like he’s had some
sort of motorcycle accident or bicycle accident but he’s saying there’s
a fracture of the femur, which is the big thigh bone, which is a very, very
strong bone, by the way, stronger than cement. He’s saying that it’s fractured
but then also dislocated, which, incorrect terminology, you would say displaced fracture, which means that the bones don’t connect. And sometimes when there’s a
displaced fracture like that, it can put pressure on arteries, therefore cut off circulation. Very dangerous, not because
of gang green though. Gang green is when you get an infection from a lack of circulation. In this case, what the danger would be is that the leg would lose circulation and necrose from a lack of
oxygenation, not from infection. So what he’s doing is right in a sense, but for the wrong reasons, at least he explained the wrong reasons. – You ready? (indistinct police radio chatter) (laughing) Okay, we’re getting some circulation. (laughing) I love that
the jeans are still on and yet he already knows that
he’s getting some circulation. Doogie, you’re better than that. – Who is this kid? – That’s my son. The doctor. “Whiz Kid Breezed Thru
High School in 9 Weeks”. All right, that’s a little extra. “Princeton Graduates 10 Year Old Prodigy” “14 Year Old Passes Medical Board. “Kid Doctor Can’t Buy
Beer, Can Prescribe Drugs.” “Kid Doctor Delivers
Baby in Shopping Mall.” Sexiest doctor saves life on plane, kid doctor delivers baby in shopping mall, it’s pretty funny on the similarity. And look, I get that this is a TV show and it’s supposed to
be funny and all that. Here’s why this would never happen. You may know a lot of information but your judgment and your
development of your judgment doesn’t happen til a
little bit later in life because of your neurological
development, AKA your brain. This child may know
everything there is to know about medicine, probably
more than most other doctors, but that judgment factor, that
really comes with experience. – William Johnson, black male, age six, admitted 5:32am with
cardiomyopathy and failure. We did a chest x-ray, EKG,
and an echocardiogram. He has a murmur of mitral insufficiency. I gave him Digoxin 0.125 milligrams, Lasix 20 milligrams BID, and Aldactone 12.5 milligrams BID. Also I’d like to send
him to nuclear medicine for a cardiac scan at 9:30. – Thank you, Doctor Howser. – That was actually a very
legitimate presentation of someone who’s suffering
with cardiomyopathy. When the heart gets overwhelmed, there’s a wide variety of conditions of why the heart can get overwhelmed. You can develop a condition known as congestive heart failure, where the heart just literally doesn’t pump blood effectively. In that case, you get a buildup
of fluid around the lungs, in the lower extremities, and you need to take medications that will help you get
rid of that excess fluid. Now the biggest way to control this, at least what we do in our
offices outside of medications, is lifestyle changes, with one of the most important being decreasing sodium
intake for these patients. In fact, one of the leading causes of patients to be
readmitted into the hospital for a congestive heart
failure exacerbation is eating take out because
it’s so high in sodium. Isn’t that crazy? (giggling) I always have water gun
fights with my patients. – Well, William, you’re not
feeling too well, are you? – No, sir. – Not to worry, young man. We’re going to make you feel much better. We might even give you a new heart. What do you say to that? – Am I going to die? – Hey, no way, forget that. We’re going to fix you up so we can get a really sick kid in here. His renal function’s decreased. His creatinine is elevated. He can’t survive a transplant. – According to these test
results, he most certainly can. The boy’s mother’s
already given her consent. – [Doogie] On your recommendation. But statistically, he’s
got a better chance if we just repair the valve. – Basically what they’re arguing about is the steps on which to take
to fix the young boy’s heart. The reason the young boy’s
heart is in cardiac failure is because he has an impaired valve. This is the value that sits in between the chambers of the heart,
the atrium and the ventricle. When the heart pumps, it opens, and then when the heart relaxes, it closes to make sure that the blood doesn’t always pool at the bottom of the heart. Now if this valve is not working properly, it can put a lot of strain on
different parts of the heart, therefore making the
heart essentially function at a much lower rate, which is deadly. For this child, because his heart isn’t
pumping blood effectively, it’s affecting his kidneys. His kidneys aren’t getting enough blood and therefore are slowly failing. One of the most important factors in deciding whether or
not to operate on somebody is their chance of having
side effects from surgery, which means decreased blood flow, possible chance of
infection, renal failure. Doogie Howser’s right in this
case, at least in my mind. The child’s a very high-risk patient and it’s better to repair the valve first and then go ahead with the
possible heart transplant later on. – You’re going to kill him! – [Doctor] Douglas–
– And you don’t give a crap! – Doctor Howser, you will behave. – Don’t talk to me like you’re my father. You’re not. September 21st, 1989– – Oh my god, I wasn’t even born yet! – [Doogie] My 16th birthday. – When was Doogie Howser
was 16, I wasn’t born. – Are you ready for this? Janine Stewart gives. – Get out. – Sex, Doogie. Tomorrow night, after the dance. Wampa wampa. – Yeah, you said the same thing about Susie Berlooty last year and– – Hey, Susie Berlooty was in the bag. If I hadn’t puked on her
shoe, it would’ve happened. – Sure, Vinnie. – Hey you’re just jealous, pencil neck, ’cause I’m gonna get sex and
never even kissed a girl. – I’ve kissed plenty. – Name one. – Wanda Plenn, tomorrow night. – Oh yeah, right. – I’m going to do it during a slow dance. It’s all figured out. I’m going to tell her
her hair smells great. Then I’m going to lean
in and sniff her shampoo. Girls love getting sniffed. Then–
– Girls love getting sniffed. I doubt that very much. – I come in here, an emergency, expecting a qualified physician and I get a 16 year-old kid. That’s negligence, pure and simple. – If you could just hold still
a little, Mr. Finklestein. – You’ll be holding still
for a big, fat lawsuit in a federal court. 16 years old. I’ll add a count for infliction
of emotional distress. – Well, I’m sorry you feel this way, sir, but as an attorney, you must know there’s no
duty owed by the hospital with respect to the age of its doctors, nor is there any proximate cause connecting me to the harm suffered. And if you even could make out a prima facie case of negligence, you don’t have diversity jurisdiction to get this into federal court. – Why am I getting a 16 year-old? Maybe let him perform the procedure first, or not perform the procedure
and threaten to sue in the middle of the procedure? Not making much sense there, pal. – I like younger men, Doogie. I always have. – Is he a man, though? – And on a few occasions, I’ve caught you, well, admiring me. – We should probably get back to the ER. – And I was just wondering, given our mutual attraction
towards each other, and given the fact that we’d
probably function better, professionally, if those
attractions were extinguished, it might make sense for
our respective fantasies to be quenched. – Huh? (murmurring) Doogie-munster. – Whoa! – [Doogie] Nurse Spalding. – This is aggressive. for a 16 year-old.
– There’s just one thing I have to tell you before we do this. – What’s that? – Happy birthday, Doogie! – [Hospital Staff] Surprise! Oh my god. (“Happy Birthday”)
I did not expect that. That made no sense. She takes off his pants
and says happy birthday and all these people appear
while he’s pants-less. (cracking up) I need an
explanation for this. – It’s only a joke. – Okay, forget it. – [Doctor] You sure? – No problem, really. – It’s just that you’re
such a good doctor, we sometimes forget
you’re only 16 years old. – That is the worst line ever! They would’ve done that
to a 21 year-old doctor or a 30 year-old doctor,
take off his pants? What’s going on in this hospital? – No toe tag, that’s great. I don’t how so many bodies get in here– (screaming) (laughing) – All right, Vinnie! – Whoa, that was a weird handshake. What was that? That was weird. – I’m scared. – Don’t be. Getting a new heart’s
going to be so prime. – Will you be there when I get it? – Are you kiddin’? No way I’d miss it. – Not going to lie, he’s pretty
good with the bedside manner for being 16 years old. He’s empathetic, he let’s the
patient voice their concerns, responds adequately to the
concerns, is very reassuring. Sniff is working. The sniff is working. (slow music) (laughing) Oh, don’t do it! Don’t do it! Doogie, don’t do it. (laughing) It’s so creepy, ew. Oh but apparently it
worked for little Doogie. Oh no. Oh no! – What happened? – He was asleep in his bed when he suddenly started to fibrillate. – That means the heart
is pumping like this, where it’s not efficient and not enough blood is leaving the heart. Essentially, the patient’s in code blue and they’re in cardiac arrest. (slamming) – I’m sorry, Dr. Howser. I guess there was just nothing either one of us could have done. – Losing a patient is really hard, whether or not you’re 16
years old or 36 years old. It never really changes. It’s always difficult,
especially if you made a decision that then affected a
patient in a negative way. It’s going to be a lot to deal with as he continues in his medical career, being so young and inexperienced. – The first time I lost a young patient, I cried like a baby. As you get older, you learn to handle it. – I don’t want to handle it. – If you’re going to be
a doctor, you’ll have to. – Crying when you have a
negative patient outcome is totally appropriate and as we’ve gotten more
information on the matter and have done research
and looked into this, we find that patients actually appreciate seeing doctors’ emotional
reactions to these situations, so that if you’re going to cry
with a patient, that’s good. Many times, 20, 30 years ago, doctors would try to hide
this, go in another room, because they viewed
themselves as unprofessional if they showed their emotions. But sharing an emotional moment with a patient or the patient’s family is actually quite beneficial in healing to everyone involved. (hopeful music) As a doctor, there’s no
bigger moment in your life than when you lose your first patient. As a young boy, kissing your first partner is also one of the biggest
moments in your life. So for him to go through
both in the same day and he just got his driver’s license, it must be quite emotional
for him, to say the least. That’s the like the biggest
factor of this show, and I know I’m reviewing a show that’s supposed to be
part-funny and part-serious, that’s what would stop or
preclude a young person from becoming a doctor so
early, that emotional maturity, the ability to be disciplined, that when someone tells you something and they’re being unfair,
to be able to deal with it, to have a proper level of
empathy and communication. So I don’t foresee a true Doogie Howser coming any time soon but I will be excited to
watch more of the show. If you enjoyed Doogie Howser, definitely check out this
video, it’s a total blast. As always, stay happy and healthy and let’s do the dance. (hypnotic EDM music)

100 thoughts on “Real Doctor Reacts to DOOGIE HOWSER M.D. | Medical Drama Review

  1. Well, not trying to spoil your fun but this "seduction" scene is straight up assault. And it's not cool nor funny to neglet that because the assaulted is a boy/young men. To assume this scene is ok because the assaulted person is a male and therefor "must want sex" is plainly sexist.

  2. Can you please react to All Saints?? It's an Australian medical drama from the 90s/2000s that used to be filmed in the hospital where my mum works

  3. I kinda regret watching these vids because I'm now more paranoid about my heart than ever but i just cant stop

  4. So, I was wondering if this could actually happen. So I went to Google and did some searching around. This has happened, where a kid is a fully trained and educated doctor.
    Saw a story about a kid who did calculus at age four, graduated from New York University at thirteen, and his his medical, degree at seventeen. Sure, a year older than Doogie, but that's really cool.

    In another note, most students enter medical school at around 23 in the US, right?
    There's actually a girl here in Norway who's seventeen at the moment. When she finishes school she'll be the youngest doctor in the history of Norway. She'll be 23 when she's done with school and everything else, to then call herself Norways youngest doctor.

  5. Dr. Mike, I would love to see your reaction to the Code Black documentary by Ryan McGarry. I realize it's real life however, I'm not sure this type of emergency medicine exists in the U.S. anymore. Please? 😁

  6. Hilarious that you threw in a quick Biden graphic when saying “girls love getting sniffed. I doubt that very much”! 😂😂

  7. I really still love Joe Biden as a person and as a candidate, but I’m so happy that little picture popped up because that was such a fun and easy joke to meet there. It’s just odd he sniffs people but I don’t think that he’s doing it to be like bad it’s just strange

  8. When I was in nursing school, I cried when someone died, my professor told me it was unprofessional. But later on in my career, I did cry when someone died. I did not receive a negative reaction to it, it actually helped to family to think they had a person taking loved one really cared.

  9. The neighbor kid, actor Max Casella, who climbs through the window was born in 1967. Doogie, Neil Patrick Harris, was born in 1973. Doogie Howser ran from 1989 to 1993 meaning Harris was 16-20 and Casella was 22-26 years old during production. My original comment was to point out that the "kid" climbing through the window was already an adult.

  10. The youngest medical graduate in the U.S. – Dr. Balamurali Krishna Ambati – graduated from Mount Sinai School of Medicine at the age of 17 in 1995. He even scored above 99% on the National Medical Board.

  11. Dude! I googled your age and found out that your birthday is one day before mine (and many years but I mean almost birthday twins!)

  12. Doogie Howser — Though not exactly based on a true story, this hit 1980s Hospital Drama WAS, however, based on a REAL-LIFE Person, the youngest to EVER earn his Medical Doctor degree, at age 15. Unlike the title character as played by Neil Patrick Harris, the real-life Doogie Howser (as I will refer to him) DID NOT use his Medical Degree to practice Medicine, but rather for Cancer Research (and lets face it, even if the real-life Doogie Howser DID practice Medicine at age 15, he would be, in real life, legally uninsurable at that age in the event of a Malpractice suit). Despite this fact, Doogie Howser was unique as a Hospital Drama in many ways, including being told from a teen perspective.

  13. Oooo! That guy just got “law schooled” by a 16 year old doc. Waddup! 😎 #ThugLife #Savage Sorry, I’m silly ☺️

  14. WOAH! HE'S 16, BACK OFF!!! Dear goodness that scene didn't age well!
    Edit: Wut? Happy? Birthday? What type of surprise is that?

  15. I remember when this show was first on, TV Guide did a review which basically said the same thing you did about the maturity of a 16 year old not being able to be a doctor. They said it was a bad idea done well.

  16. So funny but a great and awesome movie about young man Doctor I have watching before so good to share thank you Doctor Mike I like that video

  17. I used to watch, Doogie Howser, MD all the time…didn’t miss an episode. I don’t think I’d want a sixteen year old overseeing my health. Even if he is a good doctor, still I wouldn’t feel comfortable. Now, if I could persuade him to get me extra drugs then we can talk. I’m joking y’all, just joking.

  18. I've just watched all of the "reacts to" episodes and they're all very amusing and I enjoyed them a lot. But I mostly wanted to comment to say that I know everyone does the thing where they compare you to the guy from Grey's Anatomy or whatever, but you actually look way more like Prince Charming from Once Upon a Time. ((The actor's name is Joshua Paul Dallas.)) And I seriously spent the last, like, six videos half-distracted by the fact that you look so much like him. So I just thought I'd throw that thought out there for you. ((Also, I – as an autism-mom – love how you take a little time during the Good Doctor videos to talk about autism and how it affects people.)) And I also wanted to say, I love that you said "partner" when talking about first kisses, because that was just…I literally said "aw" out loud when you said that. It seriously is such a small thing that makes your video so much more inclusive. You're doing good, doc. And note the grammar there as I used that word deliberately. I mean, yes, you're also doing WELL with these, but you're doing GOOD and that's even more important.

  19. Are you going to have your own tv show ? Are you replacing dr oz ? I hope you don't sell out like oz did . Stay honest and be true to yourself , don't be tempted , influenced , and corrupted . i wish you good luck in your new format .

  20. I saw the first episode of this as a child myself and thought it was terrifying and that he would be constantly hunted down by pedophiles out to get him while he tried to practice medicine. So I didn't want to watch after that…but then I wanted to see how he coped with the pedophiles while still practicing medicine so I watched a couple more episodes…I just kept expecting some guy to pop out from around the corner and pull his pants down and rape him…so I couldn't take it and I gave up on the show. I felt like all the people at his birthday party wanted to rape him.

  21. You should react to Night Shift, season 3 episode 4. There is a lot of moral dilemmas in that episode. And I would like to see your take on them

  22. 5:17 "When the heart pumps, it [mitral valve] opens. And when the heart relaxes, it closes to make sure that the blood doesn't always pool at the bottom of the heart."

    Hi Dr. Mike! I think you meant to say the opposite for mitral valve insufficiency (: That when the left ventricle contracts, the mitral valve normally closes to prevent the blood from flowing backwards into the left atrium.

  23. Skip ahead to "How I Met Your Mother" (2005) and then Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2017). Same actor.
    1989… not even born yet. I feel 👩‍🦳.

  24. If the valve between the L ventricle and L atrium opens when the heart pumps, that's mitral regurgitation 😜. I know you know. I think you meant to say "the valve between the aorta* and L ventricle…"

  25. Hi could you do House season 2 ep 1 – Acceptance? The ethical discussions as well as the medicine are fascinating to me and I'd love to hear your take on things 🙂 thanks for the series can't wait for the next one 🙂

  26. I have Avascular Necrosis in both my hips and left shoulder due to the lack of oxygen traveling to the bones causing them to deteriorate I had 2 replacements by the time I graduated high school(left shoulder and right hip same year just months apart but I still was able to play basketball run track and softball(I had a fear of sliding on a base for half a season but I got over the fear due to the fact of being 2 points down and I was on 2nd base and this was the last ending so I know the points in this ending would be very crucial I didn’t know I would have to slide but when my adrenaline was racing and my teammate hit a ok ball but she over throw to the person she was throwing to so I took my chance on going on home and while running they where about to throw it to the catcher on home base so I had no choice but to let my fears go and it worked out great we won the game by 6) my doctors were sooooooo amazed by it 3 of them(my doctor and 2 of my physical therapist) actually came to 1 of my basketball games that year not only were they proud but my doctor said in all his 18 years being a ortho doc he had never seen that before I was a power forward so I had to jump high and stretch my arms to the sky and run of course and playing for a state champion team we definitely wasn’t any lazy loser we actually balled out on the court like the men but unfortunately 3 years later in college I had to have my other help replaced but the damage to that 1 was way worse and unlike high school when in college u r more of a liability and no matter how fast I recovered my D2 school didn’t want to take any chances they gave me my 1st dose of reality when they are done using u no matter who much time and work u have put into something if it’s not yours it can be snatched away in an instance scholarships and all and then u become a distant memory but this story is what help me get through so many scary moments and make me feel like I could accomplish anything that I’m fearful of now I’m still not goin jump out any airplanes or swim with sharks but when it comes to pushing my body and having a fear of hurting myself in previous injured places I go for the gold but only when I know regardless of the outcome at the end of the day I know to do it for ME and not for others and I did it for something that can’t be snatched away so easily!! Idky u mentioning necrosis made me mention this story but it did and for the ppl who don’t care oh well it’s not for u to care so no need to comment talking about this book of a comment I’ve wrote!!

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