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Recap / Bull S 1 E 6 Bedside Manner

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Season 1, Episode 6

Directed by Paul A Edwards

Written by Dan Dietz, Elizabeth Peterson, & Thomas Wong

Bedside Manner

Bull defends a surgeon sued for malpractice after performing an emergency hysterectomy on a woman that has been trying to get pregnant, saving her life but leaving her unable to have children. Unfortunately, the surgeon is self-assured and egotistical, making it hard for jurors to empathize with him.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: The reason the surgeon is so self-assured is because, if he isn't always at his absolute best, the slightest of mistakes could lead to a patient's death.
  • Disastrous Demonstration: To prove that at least part of the blame lies on a surgical machine used in the operation, which had a software patch immediately after the incident, the defense has an engineer volunteer to "prove" its accuracy. When they reveal that its programming has been reverted to before the patch, the engineer quickly withdraws, preferring to reveal his lack of confidence in the device than actually risking injury from it.
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  • Happily Adopted: TAC advises the woman to consider adoption once the case is over, as one of their own was happily raised in a foster home.
  • No Social Skills: The surgeon, having dedicated so much of his life to memorizing medical science that he can't handle a patient's emotional trauma.
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