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In the wave of medical dramas in the 1990s and 2000s injury, illness and death are showcased as part of the televisual style; seeking to alarm audiences rather than comfort them. Jason Jacobs, Senior Lecturer Griffith University examines the relationship between the growing cultural obsession with the body and the Self in relation to medical dramas such as ER and Chicago Hope.
Jason Jacobs is Senior Lecturer at the School of Arts, Media and Culture at Griffith University. Previously he was a lecturer in the Department of Film and Television Studies at the University of Warwick. His publications include, The Intimate Screen (Oxford University Press, 2000) and Body Trauma TV: the new hospital dramas (British Film Institute, 2003). He is currently researching the aesthetic dimensions of early television drama in the US, UK and Australia.