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Books, Journals, New Media
March 10, 2004

Psychiatry, Film

Author Affiliations

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.

JAMA. 2004;291(10):1266. doi:10.1001/jama.291.10.1266-a

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.

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