'Thank You Doctor': TV series explores medicine, life and humanistic care
Published: Dec 01, 2022 10:41 PM Updated: Dec 01, 2022 10:39 PM
Promotional material for Thank You Doctor Photo: Courtesy of Douban

Promotional material for Thank You Doctor Photo: Courtesy of Douban

The TV series Thank You Doctor, which began broadcasting in early November, has recently captured the attention of the public as well as medical workers after it began airing on CCTV and online platforms including Tencent Video and iQiyi.

The medical drama, which was adapted from the popular web novel ICU 48 Hours, tells the story of the medial staff working at the Emergency Intensive Care Unit (EICU) at Tongshan Hospital. Viewers have been enraptured by the team's handling of emergency medical situations, but also the hope and love that are behind each patient's story.

In order to make sure the series is as true to life as possible, the show's producer invited doctors as consultants to give their professional advice behind the scenes.

"The biggest challenge for this role as a doctor is the interpretation of medical skills. While filming, in addition to memorizing medical terms, mastering medical techniques are also very important. For example, the leading character Xiao Yan is a doctor with many years of experience in surgery. So if you did the professional gesture or technique wrong it will make people question his credibility," actor Bai Yu, one of the show's leads, told the Qianjiang Daily on November 14.

In the drama, the doctors of Tongshan Hospital not only treat patients for disease, but also heal their hearts as they pass on the warmth that only a doctor can give.

For example, when a young child patient has only one week to live, her only wish is to leave a beautiful picture of herself for her father. The doctors choose to dress up and take as many pictures as possible each time they treat her.

When the father of an autistic child opens a barbecue stall near the hospital in order to earn money to save his child, the doctors buy as much as they can to help out.

"When a doctor is not facing a disease, but a patient, our mission is to accompany them. We should accompany them to overcome death. Even if we can't overcome death, we should also accompany them to face the irreversible destiny in front of them. It's not only about medicine, but also humanity," show actress Yang Mi told the Qianjiang Daily.

Global Times