If you and those you love must deal with autism, if you know little or nothing about savant syndrome, this TV series is indeed a must see. The following description is from the ABC website:
Freddie Highmore plays Shaun Murphy, a young surgeon with autism and savant syndrome, relocates from a quiet country life to join a prestigious hospital’s surgical unit. Alone in the world and unable to personally connect with those around him, Shaun uses his extraordinary medical gifts to save lives and challenge the skepticism of his colleagues.
As I scrolled through the series I was deeply impressed by two things:
- Freddie Highmore’s portrayal of Dr. Shaun Murphy. One senses at once that this young surgeon is absolutely brilliant. He senses things that other surgeons overlook. His ability is uncanny—he is a savant. He is also the type of surgeon I would want to operate on me. And he is so very thorough in providing himself and the staff with the information they need to do whatever needs to be done to perform the necessary surgery.
- On the other hand, Dr. Murphy is different. Everyone around him knows that. He does not relate easily to others. He even has difficulty saying no to Dr. Glassman, President of the San Jose St. Bonaventure Hospital and his mentor. Glassman believes Shaun can accomplish great things as a surgeon if he is given the chance, but that is not at all easy to do.
I am delighted to see the ABC presenting this series to help us all come to grips with our ignorance and our prejudices. As Dr. Murphy struggles with his disability I find myself not believing that he could possibly be a successful surgeon. He seems to be such a bumbler that I don’t want to follow him further. Yet when I do I realize how terribly mistaken I am. My inclination must be like others who see those with autism syndrome. Our tendency is to shy away from them and make unwarranted assumptions.
Tune into The Good Doctor as soon as you can. You will not regret being forced to deal with your own ignorance and prejudices.