The DoctorBMJ 2007; 334 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39150.724063.4E (Published 15 March 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:589
- David Memel, general practitioner and senior teaching fellow, University of Bristol (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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 …