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Book and Media Reviews
April 28, 2010

Medicinema—Doctors in Films

JAMA. 2010;303(16):1652. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.502

Drama. Hollywood craves it. Physicians can hardly escape it. Any bond between filmmakers and physicians is forged by a shared interest in narratives—both hearing and sharing stories. Additionally, motion pictures and the medical profession rely primarily on the same 2 senses, sight and sound. The link between medicine and movies goes even further. Physicians are frequently characters in motion pictures. Medicinema—Doctors in Films analyzes multiple movies that prominently feature physicians and explains why such collaborations are successful. Even the title cleverly fuses the fields of medicine and cinema.

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