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The Picture of Health : Medical Ethics and the Movies
Colt, Henri, Silvia Quadrelli, and Friedman Lester (Eds)
Oxford U Press POD firm sale / Softcover / 2011-05-01 / 0199735360
Health Care & Health Promotion / Ethics
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Film and literature have long been mined for interesting examples and case studies in order to teach biomedical ethics to students. This volume presents a collection of about 80 very brief, accessible essays written by international experts from medicine, social sciences, and the humanities, all of whom have experience using film in their teaching of medical ethics. Each essay focuses on a single scene and the ethical issues it raises, and the volume editors have provided strict guidelines for what each essay must do, while also allowing for some creative freedom.

While some of the films are obvious candidates with medical themes - "Million Dollar Baby", "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" - some are novel choices, such as "Pan's Labyrinth" or "As Good as it Gets". The book will contain several general introductory chapters to major sections, and a complete filmography and cross-index at the end of the book where readers can look up individual films or ethical issues.

Table of Contents:

List of Contributors

1. Personal reflections about film and ethics
1. Frankenstein and the birth of medical ethics. (Albert Jonsen)
2. A personal journey using film to teach medical ethics (Peter Dans)
3. Movies help us explore relational ethics in healthcare (Johanna Shapiro)
4. Visions of reality, sometimes larger than life. (Henri Colt and Steven Crawford)

2. Autonomy, Justice, and Informed Consent
1. Making autonomous decisions (Jennifer Hawkins, Million dollar baby)
2. Informed consent (Henri Colt, Extreme measures)
3. The ethics of self-determination (Arthur Derse, The diving bell and the butterfly)
4. Paternalism and Beneficence (Maria Luisa Pfeiffer and Silvia Quadrelli, Dark victory)
5. Consent, competence and capacity, (Jay A Jacobson, A beautiful mind)
6. The challenge of Personhood (Michael Dahnke, Lorenzo's Oil)
7. The physician's role in addressing social ills (Felicia Cohn, Vera Drake)
8. Research and racism (Annette Dula, Miss Evers' boys)
9. Justice, autonomy and transhumanism (September Williams, Yesterday)
10. Another kind of DNR (Theresa Jones, Titicut Follies)

3. Professionalism
1. The bounds of physician authority (Joseph Turow, Dr. Kildare's strange case)
2. Medical narcissism (John D. Banja, Malice)
3. Disclosure of harmful medical errors (David Loren and Tom Gallagher, The verdict)
4. Abandonment (Kayhan P. Parsi, Mr. Jones)
5. Privacy and confidentiality (Nancy Berlinger, 21 grams).
6. God at the bedside (Robert C. Macauley, Shadowlands)
7. Conflict of interest, the physician and Big Pharma (Cory Franklin, The fugitive)
8. The impaired physician (Delese Wear , Drunks)
9. Boundaries of physician relationships ( Michael Ferrell, People will talk),
10. Cross-cultural issues and medical decision-making (Maren-Granger Monsen, Stephen-Murphy Shigematsu, Worlds apart)

4. Communication and provider-patient relationships
1. The deleterious effects of insensitivity ( Jay Baruch, Range of Motion)
2. Interprofessional relationships (Deirdre Neilen, The hospital)
3. 4. Challenges faced by informal caregivers (David Flood and Rhonda Soricelle, The hours)
5. Benevolent deception (Catherine Belling, Send me no flowers)
6. Team Dynamics and ethics of responsibility (Anne Hudson Jones, Whose life is it anyway and Bringing out the Dead)
7. Professional boundaries (Douglas Diekema, Waitress)
8. Integrity and boundary setting. (Sherri Braheny, Antwone Fisher)
9. Respect for persons (Ignacio Maglio, The death of Mr. Lazarescu)
10. Speaking truth to power (Lois Nixon, Pan's labyrinth)

5. Health Care Policy and Social Responsibility
1. Individual rights versus the public interest (Alan Wertheimer and Sarah Lieber, Outbreak)
2. Consumer awareness (Paul Banick, The rainmaker)
3. Psychological ethics of the whistleblower (Brad Olsen, The insider)
4. The ethics of withholding care (Donald Barr, As good as it gets)
5. Racial and sexual identity in health care and research (Kirsten Ostherr, Philadelphia)
6. Social needs of persons with disabilities (Gretchen Case, The waterdance)
7. Institutional power (Bruce Jennings, One flew over the cuckoo's nest)
8. Humanitarian assistance (Alan Roth, The last king of Scotland)
9. The physician's obligation to speak out against oppression (Mohsen Davoudi, Lives of others)
10. Conflicts of consultation (Lekshe Tsomo, Red beard)

6. Rights, Responsibilities, and Research
1. Rights to access healthcare (Lawrence Mohr, Article 99)
2. Rights to health care information (Jennifer Bard, And the band played on)
3. Gender discrimination in Medicine (Kristen Monroe and Nik Lumbros, To kill a mockingbird)
4. The use of experimental therapies (Rebecca Wolitz and Christine Grady, Awakenings)
5. Subject participation in research (Edmund Howe, Frankenstein)
6. Power and patient/subject exploitation (Lester Friedman, The elephant man,
7. Ethics of international research (Seema Shah and Annette Shulz-Bades, The constant gardener)
8. State intervention in parental decision making (Armand Antommaria, Gone baby gone)
9. Physician participation in torture and interrogation (Irene Martinez, Iron-jawed angels)
10. Rights of prisoners (Silvia Quadrelli, Lives of Others)

7. Reproduction, Genetics and Sexuality
1. Artificial Insemination (Patricia Digiglio, Nazanin Rohani And then came love)
2. Abortion (Lawrence Nelson, If these walls could talk)
3. Enhancement technologies (Michael Green, The Incredibles)
4. Emerging technologies (Marcia Santana Fernandez, Artificial Intelligence)
5. Human genetic engineering (Alexander Capron, Gattaca)
6. Reproductive Cloning (Stephen R. Latham, Multiplicity)
7. Therapeutic cloning (Christiane Avancini, The sixth day)
8. Transgender/Transsexual healthcare (April Herndon, Southern Comfort)
9. Coming of age with Intersex (Elizabeth Reis, XXY)
10. Women's rights (Toby Schonfeld, A private matter)

8. End of Life and Right to Die
1. Advanced directives and living wills (Alistair Browne, Autumn in New York)
2. Brain death (Andrew Fenton, Steel Magnolia)
3. Care of the dying (Leticia Ludwig Moller, The barbarian invasion)
4. Physician-assisted suicide (James Green, Death on request)
5. Do not resuscitate orders (Rene Claxton and Robert Arnold, Wit)
6. The rule of double effect (Lynette Cederquist, Two weeks)
7. Euthanasia (Marianne Matzo and Judith Kennedy Schwarz, The English patient)
8. Futility (Tom Mayo, My lif e)
9. Professional roles and communication in end-of-life care (Joshua Hauser and David Rosenthal, Magnolia,
10. Suicide (Diana Cohen Agrest, Mar Adentro)

9. Other ethical issues in medical specialties
1. Medicine and religion (Keith G Meador , wild strawberries)
2. Teenage sexuality, ethics, and law (Jerome Singh, Kids)
3. Personhood and the ethics of dementia (Solomon Liao, Iris)
4. The patient-physician journey to diagnosis (Tim Krahn, Go Now)
5. Neonatal medicine and futility of care (Marina Boykova RN, My life without me)
6. Neonatal medicine and futility in the NICU (Sadeth Sayeed JD, MD, My life without me)
7. Organ trafficking and happiness (Richard Demme, Dirty pretty things)
8. Organ transplantation and health disparities (Jeffrey Ring, John Q)
9. Life-prolonging treatment in minors (Mark Pian, Lorenzo's oil)
10. Family care-giving and the ethics of responsibility (Carol Schilling, Marvin's Room)

10: Filmography
1. Experience matters (Ronald Miller, The doctor)
2. Choosing the right film (scenes) in lectures and in the classroom (Peter Dans)
3. List of films

About the Editors:

Henri Colt MD is Professor of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the University of California, Irvine. He is an internationally recognized expert and opinion leader in the development and dissemination of novel technologies for lung cancer diagnosis and interventional palliative procedures. During his career, he has worked or lectured in more than fifty countries, frequently discussing ethics and humanities issues in the context of medical practice, social injustice, humanitarian aid, and education. He has held numerous leadership positions in international and national societies, has more than 200 publications in various fields, and has authored or coauthored several books, book chapters, review articles, and commentaries. The recipient of honorary society memberships and numerous national and international awards from Japan, South America, Australia, and the United States, Dr. Colt has a long experience incorporating film and other media into lectures pertaining to medical ethics cultural diversity, religion pulmonary medicine, and end-of-life care.

Silvia Quadrelli MD, MEd, PhD is Director of the Pulmonary and Critical care section of the British Hospital in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is an internationally recognized authority in the area of humanitarian assistance, and has devoted more than thirty years of her life to the global combat against poverty and injustice. In 2010, Dr. Quadrelli received the prestigious Medal of the Bicentennial from the City of Buenos Aires, as a "woman who has helped shape modern society." In addition to her background in medicine and teaching, she holds degrees in bioethics and university political sciences. She has designed several medicine and movies programs for the University of Buenos Aires, and lectures widely in South America and abroad on medical ethics, philosophy and medicine.

Lester Friedman PhD is currently Professor and Chair of the Media and Society Program at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Prior to this appointment, he was a member of the Medical Humanities Program in the Feingold School of Medicine (Northwestern University) and the Medical Humanities and Bioethics Program at Upstate Medical Center (Syracuse), as well as the Radio, TV and Film Department at Northwestern University and the Art Media Studies Department at Syracuse University. A internationally recognized expert in cinema and medical humanities, with a particular emphasis on health care and media studies, he has authored or coauthored more than 15 books, two screenplays, and numerous peer-reviewed manuscripts. In particular, he is the editor of CULTURAL SUTURES (Duke University Press), the first comprehensive book to explore the intimate connections between the cultures of medicine and media.

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