This book discusses feature films that enrich our understanding of doctor-patient dilemmas. The book comprises general clinical ethics themes and principles and is written in accessible language. Each theme is discussed and illuminated in chapters devoted to a particular film. Chapters start with a discussion of the film itself, which shares details behind the making of the film; box-office and critical reception; casting; and other facts about production. The chapter then situates the film in a history of medicine and medical sociology context before it delves into the clinical ethics issues in the film, and how to use it as a teaching aid for clinical ethics. Readers will understand how each film in this collection served to bring particular clinical ethics issues to the public's attention or reflected medico-legal issues that were part of the public discourse. The book is a perfect instructor's guide for anyone teaching bioethics, healthcare ethics, medical sociology, medical history, healthcare systems, narrative medicine, or nursing ethics.
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Part 1: END OF LIFE ON FILM Chapter 1: If I Was Restricted to One Film: Wit (2001) Chapter 2: It's Really About Cruzan and Quinlan: Whose Life is It, Anyway? (1981) Chapter 3: Closure and Family Systems: My Life (1993) Chapter 4: "Bye, Bye, Life": All That Jazz (1979) Part 2: FILMS ABOUT COMPETENCY AND DECISION-MAKING CAPACITY Chapter 5: One Eye and an Alphabet: Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007) Chapter 6: The Successful Delusional: K-PAX (2001) Chapter 7: Malingering and Nursing Ethics: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) Chapter 8: Dementia and Capacity: Still Alice (2014) Part 3: FILMS ABOUT BENEFICENCE Chapter 9: "Am I Good Man, or a Bad Man?" The Elephant Man (1980) Chapter 10: Pediatric Ethics and the Limits of Parental Authority: Lorenzo's Oil (1992) Chapter 11: Weighing Clinical Goods over Clinical Harms: Awakenings (1990) Chapter 12: "She Threw Up in her Mask": The Verdict (1982) Chapter 13: "How Many Dead Hemophiliacs Do You Need?" And The Band Played On (1993) Chapter 14: The Tuskegee Syphilis Study: Miss Evers' Boys (1997) Chapter 15: Physician-Assisted Suicide: You Don't Know Jack (2010). Part 5: ORGANIZATIONAL ETHICS AND RESOURCE ALLOCATION Chapter 16: The U.S. Healthcare System: Sicko (2007) Chapter 17: We Heal No One; We Do Nothing: The Hospital (1971) Chapter 18: Some Good Parts: The Transplant Films PART 6: PROFESSIONALISM AND HUMANISM Chapter 19: A Classic for a Reason: The Doctor (1991) Chapter 20: A Home Healthcare Gem: Passion Fish (1992) Chapter 21: A Tale of Two Colleagues and Pediatric Surgery: Something the Lord Made (2004).
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