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Views & Reviews Medical Classics

Red Beard

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 19 January 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d232
  1. Mohsin Badat, FY2 in trauma and orthopaedics, Hinchingbrooke Hospital, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire
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Set in 19th century Japan Red Beard is an account of the transformation of a haughty young doctor, Noboru Yasumoto, into a caring healer while working for the poor under the tutelage of Dr Kyojo Niide, the eponymous Red Beard.

This teacher-student relationship is a running theme in the film. Brilliant and selfless, stubborn and proud, Niide runs a clinic for the poorest members of society in an age before sophisticated medical investigation and treatment. The education that Niide imparts is not the familiar …

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