Dr. Sanjay Gupta: From 'St. Elsewhere' to 'Chicago Hope' to 'Monday Mornings'
Dr. Sanjay Gupta: When you do a new activity, it's kind of a form of rest for your brain. It's hard to explain, but my mom always used to say, "A change of activity is a form of rest." I like this stuff; I'm not a big vacation taker, and I'm actually not a big television watcher.
I work quite a bit, and I try to write something every day. It's almost like exercise in some ways. I wrote my thoughts on (the school shootings in) Connecticut, and it isn't something that's for public consumption, but I think that exercise is important.
Zap2it: Which medical series have inspired you?
Dr. Sanjay Gupta: "St. Elsewhere" was probably the one I first started watching regularly, then there was the "Chicago Hope" era. I've watched some of the other ones, but I have kids, and in my stuff the viewing is dictated by my young children now ... if any TV is being watched at all.
As a surgeon, there's a real precision, and everyone works really hard and all the details really matter. Not that I thought people in Hollywood were slackers, but their attention to detail is phenomenal. And even if I know there's only a small fraction of the audience that will catch it, anything I brought up, they executed and made happen. I was pleased about that.