Can medical students learn empathy at the movies?

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 09 December 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:1363
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. Abergavenny

Doctors are often portrayed in films as materialistic and arrogant, but some films could be a useful addition to the medical school curriculum, an analysis of 150 films shows.

The report, in Archives of Disease in Childhood (2004;89: 1084-8), says, “Materialism and a love of money have pervaded cinematic portrayals of doctors dating back to the 1920s, and continue to be prominent in recent movies.”

It cites as an example the materialistic approach to medicine shown by Dr Jim Nookey, a character …

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