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Editor: Katharine Van Tassel
Concordia University School of Law

Monday, January 17, 2005

Doctors in the Movies

The AMNews reports on an interesting article by Dr. Glenn Flores, MD. Dr. Flores  watched approximately 150 films spanning 80 years to examines how physicians are depicted in films.  In an article in the December 2004 Archives of Disease in Childhood, Dr. Flores states that "money and materialism are common themes in movies about doctors."  He cites specifically the recent films, John Q and As Good as It Gets, both of which protrary physicians who base treatment decisions on a patient's ability to pay, and who are hampered by inefficient bureaucracies.

I will be writing more about this later to share some of the ideas of Professor Pendo, Professor Hall.  They presented materials that they use in their law school classes to study society's view of the medical profession at the American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics annual meeting last June.  It was a wonderful presentation and they have many helpful ideas that I will share with you in later posts.  [bm]

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