“Grey’s Anatomy,” “House” dramas inspire ethics lessons

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It was bad enough that Seattle Grace Hospital intern Isobel “Izzie” Stevens, MD, fell in love with a patient in need of a heart transplant. But she really crossed the ethical line when she cut the wires to his left ventricular assist device so his health would deteriorate and he’d move higher on the United Network for Organ Sharing waiting list.

That behavior — portrayed by actress Katherine Heigl on the hit ABC TV medical drama “Grey’s Anatomy” — is probably the most outrageous example of scores of unethical medical actions shown on “Grey’s” and Fox TV’s “House,” according to a study in the April Journal of Medical Ethics.

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