Imagine a hypothetical with me, if you will: You’re plopped down in your favorite recliner watching the newest episode of your favorite medical drama. The overly attractive surgeon flirts his way past his on-again, off-again romantic interest before bursting into the surgical room where his unconscious patient waits, wound open and ready for operation.
“Get me a scalpel, a clamp and 100 cc’s of saline,” he yells out, ripping his surgical mask off for visual effect.
Inevitably, the high-pitched drone of a flatline fills the air. A random nurse appears with a defibrillator and shocks the body to no effect.
“He’s dead, Doc,” an intern states, just in case the viewer wasn’t able to deduce as much.
But unlike his failed marriage, “Doc” won’t give up. He rolls up his sleeves and starts chest compressions to the shocked silence of everyone else in the room. They’ve all already given up hope. But a moment later, the once-heavily sedated patient gasps back to life, and our main character is once again a hero.
Alright, hypothetical over. Now, if you were an average viewer or a screen writer, you might not think much of what you just saw on the TV. But for people like Dr. Mikhail Varshavski, creator of the YouTube channel Doctor Mike, you just might notice a couple things that don’t quite line up with how things really happen.
On his channel, Varshavski gives his expert medical reactions and opinions about various medical TV shows, questions and advice. He’ll also view various sports and everyday injuries and give his assessment of what they may now be suffering from.
Doctor Mike uses his medical expertise to help separate truth from falsehood. He’ll likewise teach his viewers about how various injuries or diseases are treated as well as how they can work to prevent these things from happening to them. And Varshavski often gives advice on how to get healthier.
Varshavski also takes time to answer questions on topics that, while important, wouldn’t likely be relevant on any given trip to the doctor. In this way, his community is able to have personal questions answered without them having to feel awkward for asking them.
While we only heard Varshavski misuse God’s name, some of the clips he plays contain swearing, including uncensored f-words, s-words and more. Additionally, some of the shows he reacts to make references to sex. And, because Doctor Mike often reacts to medical content, he’ll also show some clips of bloody injuries or surgeries—though these are usually censored or blurred in some way.
Varshavski also reacts to other inappropriate content. In particular, he reacts to some of the injuries that take place in the Jacka– franchise. These injuries include a man wearing only a jockstrap being hit in the crotch. The clips also include a man’s naked rear and a man pouring alcohol into his anus. Additionally, in a video on how types of underwear may affect our health, Varshavski briefly shows images of men and women in undergarments.
While not explicitly negative, it should be noted that Varshavski’s comprehensive talks about body health do deal with topics related to sex, pubic hair and genitals. He also talks a bit about things like breast surgery, birth control and marijuana use.
Going to the doctor’s office might not be at the top of your list of favorite things to do, but Doctor Mike makes the visit a bit more enjoyable. However, not everything Varshavski reacts to will be appropriate for viewers of all ages, and, at the very least, we’d encourage parents to watch alongside their child (if not screen videos beforehand) to address any questions that come up. It’s always nice to have a doctor available to answer questions. It’s even better to have a parent.
Kennedy Unthank studied journalism at the University of Missouri. He knew he wanted to write for a living when he won a contest for “best fantasy story” while in the 4th grade. What he didn’t know at the time, however, was that he was the only person to submit a story. Regardless, the seed was planted. Kennedy collects and plays board games in his free time, and he loves to talk about biblical apologetics. He doesn’t think the ending of Lost was “that bad.”