Movies Help Us Explore Relational Issues in Healthcare

Johanna Shapiro, PhD

Many medical scholars have noted the potential of movies to address broad philosophical and ethical questions pertinent to the practice of medicine. For example, Banos argues that movies are a better way to teach about the patient-clinician relationship than arc didactic presentations. Yamada, Maskarinec, and Greene note that movies provide a forum for helping learners understand that illness has a moral trajectory as well as a medical course; and to help students in medicine, nursing. and related health professions to see themselves as moral actors.

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