Medicine And The Media

The story of an itch

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 28 January 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:266
  1. Andrew Herxheimer

    Doctors are the focus of the third part of Nanni Moretti's autobiographical film. Earlier episodes have featured his life in the movie business: now he decides to film his last session of intravenous chemotherapy, at home. He looks back at all the prescriptions he has accumulated over the preceding year, all his notes of the encounters with doctors, and the conversations with them. He began to itch on the feet and arms, especially at night. He goes to a famous—and crowded—dermatological institute. The dermatologist examines him, replies to a hesitant question about scabies, “No, that affects other social classes,” and recommends somewhere warm, the seaside. The itching …

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