Views & Reviews Medical classics

The Doctor

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39150.724063.4E (Published 15 March 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:589
  1. David Memel, general practitioner and senior teaching fellow, University of Bristol (david.memel@bristol.ac.uk)

    This film is a classic portrayal of a doctor's transformation as a result of his own experience of illness. Like a lot of Hollywood movies, it shows the hero overcoming adversity and coming out a better person; it also a reflection on the different aspects of being a doctor.

    William Hurt plays Dr Jack McKee, a cardiac surgeon, who is lively and technically competent, but also arrogant, and who has appalling doctor-patient communication skills. Why is it always the surgeons that seem to be this way? Maybe there is some truth in what Dr McKee says on his …

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