Signs of Life: Medicine and Cinema is the first single volume to consider the cinematic representation of medicine, medical science and the medical profession, and explores the political implications of the representations of doctors, nurses, patients, diseases and disabilities. The essays in this collection, from a wide range of film scholars and medical practitioners, also consider how formal qualities of cinema such as empirical observation, mise-en-sc'ne, propaganda and education, melodrama, documentary and narrative construction impact on our understanding of medical procedures and the public image of medicine.
Signs of Life is a useful introduction to the study of medical cinema...The politics of public health, genetic engineering and the medical profession come in for close attention in almost every essay here, and that is surely the highlight of an engaging volume.
Parmod K. Nayar, Scope
A welcome addition to the growing body of literature in this intriguing field.
Michael Richardson, Cineaste
About the Editors:
Graeme Harper is co-editor of Unruly Pleasures: The Cult Film and its Critics.
Andrew Moor is lecturer in film studies at Bangor University and the author of Magic Spaces: The Cinema of Powell and Pressburger.