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21st Sep '17 8:10:58 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''Series/NipTuck'' by and large followed this format. Almost every week the two main characers, who run a plastic surgery firm, would handle a unique case, sometimes pro bono. Their opening line in every episode was "Tell us what you don't like about yourself".
27th Feb '17 6:26:08 AM Flame
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* ''Series/KamenRiderExAid'' is weird example when viewed as medical drama because the patients arrive with Gamer disease that is spred by resident monsters, Bugsters. Treatment involves playing a video game that centers around defeating the MonsterOfTheWeek that spawns from infected patients. Also, all the heroic riders are doctors with various fields of residency. It makes much more sense, when viewed as a Kamen Rider series with a theme of medical drama. It is never brought up why only one patient at time, but on the single occasion more people were infected, things got complicated.
31st Jul '15 12:36:16 PM chicagomel
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* ''{{Series/Emergency}}'' had two or three of these an episode, starting either with Johnny and Roy rescuing the patient or occasionally the patient coming into the hospital on their own and rotating between chunks of the storylines.

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* ''{{Series/Emergency}}'' had two or three of these an episode, starting either with Johnny and Roy rescuing the patient or occasionally the patient coming into the hospital on their own and rotating between chunks of the storylines.
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31st Jul '15 12:35:17 PM chicagomel
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* ''[[Series/Emergency}}'' had two or three of these an episode, starting either with Johnny and Roy rescuing the patient or occasionally the patient coming into the hospital on their own and rotating between chunks of the storylines.

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* ''[[Series/Emergency}}'' ''{{Series/Emergency}}'' had two or three of these an episode, starting either with Johnny and Roy rescuing the patient or occasionally the patient coming into the hospital on their own and rotating between chunks of the storylines.
31st Jul '15 12:35:01 PM chicagomel
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* ''[[Series/Emergency}}'' had two or three of these an episode, starting either with Johnny and Roy rescuing the patient or occasionally the patient coming into the hospital on their own and rotating between chunks of the storylines.
30th Mar '15 2:46:51 PM Tr0y
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** Actually, ER is ''not'' known for employing this trope. In fact, it often portrays a chaos in which the doctors have to treat multiple trauma patients ''at the same time'', running back-and-forth between trauma rooms. Also not following the trope in that quite a lot of the running time of ER episodes is used to portray personal drama of the staff members.
27th Nov '14 3:02:34 AM Arivne
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* ''Series/{{ER}}''. [[JustifiedTrope justified]], as it's set in an emergency room, where it's expected that patients are either cured, killed, or moved to another department. Doesn't explain why they usually only have one patient a week, though.

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* ''Series/{{ER}}''. [[JustifiedTrope justified]], Justified]], as it's set in an emergency room, where it's expected that patients are either cured, killed, or moved to another department. Doesn't explain why they usually only have one patient a week, though.



* ''Casualty'' {{spinoff}} ''Series/HolbyCity'' also uses the PatientOfTheWeek format - while it's not as frequent as in the parent show, the fact that ''Holby City'' is set in a cardiac surgery department makes it rather more inexplicable.

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* ''Casualty'' ''Series/{{Casualty}}'' {{spinoff}} ''Series/HolbyCity'' also uses the PatientOfTheWeek format - while it's not as frequent as in the parent show, the fact that ''Holby City'' is set in a cardiac surgery department makes it rather more inexplicable.



* ''Series/{{Mash}}'': It shows up at least a few times a season. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] since the point of a field hospital isn't to monitor patients long-term but to get them either fit for duty or stable enough to transport away from the war zone, and also subverted with episodes that feature large numbers of patients and illustrate the necessity of triage.

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* ''Series/{{Mash}}'': ''Series/{{MASH}}'': It shows up at least a few times a season. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] since the point of a field hospital isn't to monitor patients long-term but to get them either fit for duty or stable enough to transport away from the war zone, and also subverted with episodes that feature large numbers of patients and illustrate the necessity of triage.
27th Nov '14 3:01:36 AM Arivne
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* Manga/BlackJack usually treats one patient per chapter. Justified, as he's a black market surgeon.

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* Manga/BlackJack ''Manga/BlackJack'' usually treats one patient per chapter. Justified, as he's a black market surgeon.



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* ''{{ER}}'': [[JustifiedTrope justified]], as it's set in an emergency room, where it's expected that patients are either cured, killed, or moved to another department. Doesn't explain why they usually only have one patient a week, though.

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* ''{{ER}}'': ''Series/{{ER}}''. [[JustifiedTrope justified]], as it's set in an emergency room, where it's expected that patients are either cured, killed, or moved to another department. Doesn't explain why they usually only have one patient a week, though.



* ''{{Casualty}}'': Characters will show up with horrendous injuries and be diagnosed/cured within the space of one afternoon. Then they never appear again, no matter how interesting, and about half of the next episode is devoted to the introduction of a new Patient of the Week. Like ''ER'', it is set in an A&E department.
* ''Casualty'' {{spinoff}} ''HolbyCity'' also uses the PatientOfTheWeek format - while it's not as frequent as in the parent show, the fact that ''Holby City'' is set in a cardiac surgery department makes it rather more inexplicable.
* ''{{Scrubs}}'', though it's not as bad as the others. That's because ''Scrubs'' isn't a medical mystery show. It is a work comedy that centers purely on the doctors. The patients only show up when it's plot important. It's very apparent that they wanted to stand out from the others.

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* ''{{Casualty}}'': ''Series/{{Casualty}}'': Characters will show up with horrendous injuries and be diagnosed/cured within the space of one afternoon. Then they never appear again, no matter how interesting, and about half of the next episode is devoted to the introduction of a new Patient of the Week. Like ''ER'', it is set in an A&E department.
* ''Casualty'' {{spinoff}} ''HolbyCity'' ''Series/HolbyCity'' also uses the PatientOfTheWeek format - while it's not as frequent as in the parent show, the fact that ''Holby City'' is set in a cardiac surgery department makes it rather more inexplicable.
* ''{{Scrubs}}'', ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'', though it's not as bad as the others. That's because ''Scrubs'' isn't a medical mystery show. It is a work comedy that centers purely on the doctors. The patients only show up when it's plot important. It's very apparent that they wanted to stand out from the others.


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4th Oct '14 10:19:57 AM jamespolk
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* The ''Film/DrKildare'' series, which consisted of sixteen films in TheThirties and TheForties, established this trope as well as several other tropes of the MedicalDrama. Most of the films involve Dr. Kildare, or his successors after the Dr. Kildare character was written out, trying to diagnose the mysterious problem of a strange new patient.
7th Sep '14 5:14:53 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* In ''{{Doctors}}'', the doctors ended up solving their patients' life troubles so often that the writers started having people seek them out for psychological aid.

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* In ''{{Doctors}}'', ''Series/{{Doctors}}'', the doctors ended up solving their patients' life troubles so often that the writers started having people seek them out for psychological aid.
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