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The Picture of Health: Medical Ethics and the Movies

Henri Colt, Silvia Quadrelli, and Friedman Lester


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 eighty very brief, accessible chapters 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 chapter focuses on a single scene and the ethical issues it raises. While some of the films are obvious candidates with medical themes—“Million Dollar Baby,” “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly”—some are novel choices, su ... More

Keywords: film, literature, biomedical ethics, ethical issues, filmography

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Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199735365
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199735365.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Henri Colt, editor

Silvia Quadrelli, editor

Friedman Lester, editor

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part one personal reflections about film and ethics

4 visions of reality, sometimes larger than life

stephen crawford and henri colt

part two autonomy, justice, and informed consent

2 informed consent

henri colt

4 paternalism and beneficence

marìa luisa pfeiffer and silvia quadrelli

6 the challenge of personhood

michael d. dahnke

8 research and racism

annette dula

10 another kind of dnr

therese jones

part three professionalism

2 medical narcissism

john d. banja

3 disclosure of harmful medical errors

david j. loren and thomas h. gallagher

4 abandonment

kayhan p. parsi

6 god at the bedside

robert c. macauley

10 cross-cultural issues and medical decision-making

maren grainger-monsen and stephen murphy-shigematsu

part four communication and provider–patient relationships

4 challenges faced by informal caregivers

david h. flood and rhonda l. soricelli

5 benevolent deception

catherine belling

7 professional boundaries

douglas s. diekema

9 respect for persons

ignacio maglio

part five health care policy and social responsibility

1 individual rights versus the public interest

sarah r. lieber and alan wertheimeri

2 consumer awareness

paul d. banick

3 the psychological ethics of the whistleblower

bradley olson and dan aalbers

7 institutional power

bruce jennings

10 conflicts of consultation

karma lekshe tsomo

part six rights, responsibilities, and research

3 gender discrimination in medicine

nicholas m. lampros and kristen r. monroe

4 the use of experimental therapies

rebecca e. wolitz and christine grady

7 the ethics of international research

annette rid and seema k. shah

10 rights of prisoners

silvia quadrellii

part seven reproduction, genetics, and sexuality

1 artificial insemination

patricia digilio and nazanin z. rohani

2 abortion

lawrence j. nelson

3 enhancement technologies

michael j. green

4 emerging technologies

marcia santana fernandes

5 human genetic engineering

alexander m. capron

6 reproductive cloning

stephen r. latham

7 therapeutic cloning

cristiane avancini alves

10 women’s rights

toby l. schonfeld

part eight end of life and right to die

2 brain death

andrew fenton

3 care of the dying

letícia ludwig möller

5 do not resuscitate orders

rené claxton and robert m. arnold

6 the rule of double effect

lynette cederquist

7 euthanasia

marianne matzo and judith kennedy schwarz

8 futility

thomas wm. mayo

9 professional roles and communication in end-of-life care

david i. rosenthal and joshua hauser

10 suicide

diana cohen agrest

part nine other ethical issues in medical specialities

1 medicine and religion

keith g. meador

5 futility of care

marina boykova

6 futility in the nicu

sadath a. sayeed

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