So says Susan Morgan, PhD, an associate professor of communications at Purdue University, who has taken to combating popular myths through a workplace public health campaign.
Morgan says shows like Law and Order, Greys Anatomy, E.R., House, Crossing Jordan and CSI all have plotlines featuring wildly, bizarrely impossible medical scenarios involving organ donors.
According to Morgans research, the most prevalent myth is corruption in the organ procurement process, as propagated by recent episodes of One Life to Live and House.
In Morgans words: The really scary part is when we talked to real-life family members who were initially reluctant to [approve organ donations]... theyd eventually start reciting these TV plots as reasons why they were frightened.
Morgan argues that the show producers know better, but they still refuse to stop airing these scenarios because perpetuating them makes for higher ratings.
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