From Production to Consumption
The book examines various aspects of medical dramas (production practices, generic classification, representations of gender and of the body, content analysis, reception studies), a genre which has so far been overlooked by academic researchers. While numerous books exist on other genres - soap operas, talk-shows, sitcoms, documentaries, news etc.- the literature on medical dramas remains scant. Despite the international success of the genre, little is known about medical dramas viz their production values, portrayal of health workers, medicine and hospitals, their place and role in the "infotainment" trend, and their impact on the public. The book examines a wide range of programmes, from 1960s melodramas to 1990's cult shows, offering an analysis of an enduringly popular and widespread genre.
" A book that will apply theories about soaps or films developed in the 1980's to more recent texts will be a real asset on courses." Professor Jenny Kitzinger, Cardiff School of Journalism, Cardiff University