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The Picture of HealthMedical Ethics and the Movies$
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Henri Colt, Silvia Quadrelli, and Friedman Lester

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199735365

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199735365.001.0001

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interprofessional relationships

interprofessional relationships

the hospital

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The Picture of Health

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This chapter discusses the issue of interprofessional relations as seen in the film The Hospital (1971). The film records a day in the life of Dr. Herbert Bock (George C. Scott), medical director of a public New York City hospital, as he contemplates the wreckage of his life and career. His hospital is imploding from political, racial, and economic tensions; on this day, three staff members will die there as well. The film shows the effects of poor communication between professionals, chronic understaffing, and the disrespect that has filtered down from the top administrators to the ranks. Bock makes certain remarks against the nurses' womanhood that reflect an unacceptable ignorance about what understaffing of nurses means to patient care. They are also responsible for helping to create a dispirited, dysfunctional staff that is delivering poor patient care much more akin to maleficence than beneficence.

Keywords:   medical ethics, doctors, The Hospital, nurses, communication, hospitals, patient care, interprofessional relations

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