Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet
S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University
of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.
The desire to use movies for teaching medical students, residents, and
physicians has a long history, as does the wish to use them to help patients.
Both movies and psychiatry are concerned with emotions and motivations. And,
as the author of Reel Psychiatry points out, information
about patients is protected to an even greater degree in psychiatry than in
most other branches of medicine, which makes it desirable to find a mode of
instruction that does not reveal a confidential history or require the presence
of a real patient.
Schneider I. Psychiatry, Film. JAMA. 2004;291(10):1266. doi:10.1001/jama.291.10.1266-a