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October 16, 1991

The Doctor

JAMA. 1991;266(15):2151. doi:10.1001/jama.1991.03470150123045

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There have been at least four recent films dealing with the young urban professional's examination of whether there is something behind the immediately apparent and external form of the world as we see it. Unfortunately, this quest is marred in all four explorations by two classic defects: the idea that this is an original or new quest and the failure to deal with the quest in terms of seeking to find a solution (or even implying that there could be one).

The first film in the current series was City Slickers, which many suggested was only a variant of the midlife crisis theme. The second was Regarding Henry, in which a very successful lawyer is forced to reexamine everything about his life after a tragic and senseless shooting in a holdup. The third was Doc Hollywood, in which Michael J. Fox has to reexamine his planned pattern for success when