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Bioethics Film Series Archive

January 9, 2009.  Film: "Wit" (2001). Themes: Autonomy, End of Life. A devastating performance by Emma Thompson (who co-wrote this screenplay) as a patient with end-stage ovarian cancer. A film about clinical trials in oncology, doctor-patient relationships, and nursing ethics. Highly recommended! 1:00pm. Room 115, College of Nursing.

February 13, 2009.  Film: "Whose Life Is it, Anyway?" (1981). Themes: Autonomy, Withdrawal of Care. Classic film, based on the Broadway hit about disability (spinal cord injury), the right to die, and the doctor-patient relationship. Incredible performances by Richard Dreyfuss and John Cassavetes. 1:00pm. Room 115, College of Nursing.

March 13, 2009.  Film: "The Doctor" (1991). Theme: Professionalism vs Humanism. Excellent film about a rather cold and pompous heart surgeon, played by William Hurt, coping with throat cancer, and warming to the realization that patients are people who deserve sensitivity and respect. 1:00pm. Room 115, College of Nursing.

April 3, 2009.  Film: "The Hospital" (1971). Themes: Organizational Ethics, Medical Error. A film that explores the cynical side of hospital/organizational ethics. Screenplay by Paddy Chayefsky, and a strong performance by George C Scott. 1:00pm. Room 115, College of Nursing.

May 8, 2009.  Film: "Gattaca" (1997). Themes: Justice, Genomics. A film about the downside of genetic screening and prenatal diagnosis, in a futuristic world where there is no privacy, and everyone's genetic "CV" is exposed and "outed." A strong argument for the existence of HIPAA. 1:00pm. Room 115, College of Nursing.

October 9, 2009.  Film: "Sicko" (2007).  Theme: Justice.  Michael Moore's stunning commentary on justice and the American healthcare system. This film was recently hailed as an honest and accurate documentary by Wendell Potter, former Head of Corporate Communications at CIGNA, who now openly admits the insurance industry deliberately discredited Moore and the film when it opened in 2007.

November 13, 2009.  Film: "The Elephant Man" (1980).  Theme: Beneficence.  Based on the tale of the horribly disfigured John Merrick, who lived in the Victorian age, this is a classic film about disability, autonomy, the boundaries of the physician-patient relationship, and when exploitation and beneficence blur. Powerful performances by Anthony Hopkins and John Hurt.

December 4, 2009.  Film: "The Verdict" (1982).  Themes: Nonmaleficence, Medical Error, Nursing Ethics.  A classic performance by Paul Newman, as the plaintiff's lawyer in a heated malpractice case. A film about medical error, the politics of cover-up, moral and ethical consequences, and nursing ethics.

January 8, 2010.  Film: "Wit" (2001).  Themes: Autonomy, End of Life.  A devastating performance by Emma Thompson (who co-wrote this screenplay) as a patient with end-stage ovarian cancer. A film about clinical trials in oncology, doctor-patient relationships, and nursing ethics. Highly recommended! 1:00pm-4:00pm. 014 Wethington Bldg.

February 19, 2010.  Film: "Something the Lord Made" (2004).  Themes: Innovative Therapy, Research Ethics, Professionalism.  True story about research ethics and racial segregation in medicine at Johns Hopkins. An ambitious white surgeon hires a gifted black lab technician (trained as a carpenter) to work with him on pioneering clinical research in heart surgery. Together they break racial barriers, as the master/slave relationship transforms into true clinical collaboration and peer respect. Very stirring. 1:00pm-4:00pm. 014 Wethington Bldg.

March 12, 2010.  Film: "Whose Life Is it, Anyway?" (1981).  Themes: Autonomy, Withdrawal of Care.  Classic film, based on the Broadway hit about disability (spinal cord injury), the right to die, and the doctor-patient relationship. Incredible performances by Richard Dreyfuss and John Cassavetes. 1:00pm-4:00pm. 014 Wethington Bldg.

April 1, 2010.  Film: “Gattaca” (1997). Themes: Justice, Genomics. A film about the downside of genetic screening and prenatal diagnosis, in a futuristic world where there is no privacy, and everyone's genetic "CV" is exposed and "outed." A strong argument for the existence of HIPAA. 1-4 pm. 501-C Nursing Bldg.

April 15, 2010.  Film: “The Doctor” (1991). Theme: Professionalism vs Humanism. Excellent film about a rather cold and pompous heart surgeon, played by William Hurt, coping with throat cancer, and warming to the realization that patients are people who deserve sensitivity and respect. 1-4 pm. 501-C Nursing Bldg. 

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