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Below are brief descriptions of some movies we have found helpful for medical education & to recommend to doctors in training.
PATCH ADAMS (1998)
Robin Williams as eponymous hero who thinks making patients laugh is the secret of success.
WHAT ABOUT BOB? (1991)
Frank Oz. A truly hilarious film about a patient and his shrink with Bill Murray and Richard Dreyfuss.
DOC HOLLYWOOD (1991)
Michael J Fox learns to love small town life as the resident physician.
THE OFFICER’S WARD (2000)
Excellent French film set in WW1 about a badly wounded officer.
MY LIFE WITHOUT ME (2002)
Indie American film about a young woman coming to terms with her imminent death
LORENZO’S OIL (1990)
Excellent medical drama based on true story about parents looking for a cure for their terminally ill son
AN ANGEL AT MY TABLE (1990)
Based on true story about NZ novelist’s early life
Emma Thompson stars as a terminally ill patient in excellent HBO movie.
MY LEFT FOOT (1991)
Starring Daniel Day–Lewis as a young man with cerebral palsy
COMING HOME (1978)
A post -Vietnam film dealing with the impact of war and spinal injury
BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY (1989)
Also a film about the effects of war and disability
Based on the book by Oliver Sacks about a long-term institution for people with Parkinson’s disease.
Starring Anthony Hopkins as the writer CS Lewis and the death of his wife from cancer
WHAT’S EATING GILBERT GRAPE (1993)
About a dysfunctional family and Leonardo DiCaprio as a boy with autism.
THE CITADEL (1938)
Directed by King Vidor. Cast: Robert Donat, Rosalind Russell, Ralph Richardson, Rex Harrison, Emlyn Williams. A young doctor in a Welsh mining village runs up against the medical establishment when he tries to explore the cause of a cough disabling miners; he abandons his humanitarian goals for a London practice. Based on the novel by A.J. Cronin.