Medical films tend to lean toward thrillers, comedies, dark humor or based upon true stories such as documentaries. They walk the ethical line between taking risks with vivians wellbeing and acquiring knowledge that might benefit. It has attracted not only enormous critical acclaim but widespread interest among physicians. An engaging narrative of the discovery of specific staining techniques, treatment for diphtheria and the first syphilis drug. Movies about ethical issues can often do something much more exciting than keep people in their seats for the two or so hours the film lasts. With emma thompson, christopher lloyd, eileen atkins, audra mcdonald. Japanese physicians should be able to recognize aspects of medical. Wit is a 2001 american television movie directed by mike nichols.
Bearing goes through many emotions as she grows and develops as a character. The teleplay by nichols and emma thompson is based on the 1999 pulitzer prize winning play of the same title by margaret edson the film was shown at the berlin international film festival on february 9, 2001 before being broadcast by hbo on march 24. In the movie wit, nurse susies character in this movie was essential to display the importance of having the emotional support between medical professionals and the patients. Examining six medicalethics dilemmas best doctors 2008. Ethics in movies assignment for this group assignment 4 members per group, you are required to pick and watch any one 1 of movies from the list given. Harvey kelekian, and jason posner, is morally viewed characters because of their discussions with the patient. American history x 1998 a classic movie about racism, hate, anger, and reconciliation. Bearing goes through the journey, the audience sees her become. Vivian, a ruthless scholar of 17th century english poetry, is diagnosed with advanced stage 4 metastatic ovarian cancer. First of all it is necessary to say that wit is an american television movie directed by mike nichols in 2001.
Ethics is about judgment, which is rarely black and white. Her classes are very rigorous but she is dedicated to teaching and wants to see her students succeed. What are some good movies that raise some important ethical dilemmas. This 41page guide for wit by margaret edson includes detailed chapter summaries and analysis covering 17 chapters, as well as several more indepth sections of expertwritten literary analysis. Unfortunately, the heroine of wit, who is a professor, was not counseled about end of life issues and was not given the right for patient. She is very perceptive of her surroundings and questions things she does not understand. This movie showed a lot of ethical issues that are truly happening.
Ethics in medicine is a daily challenge for physicians, who must deal with issues like access to care, genetic testing and care vs. Wit teaching about death, dying, clinical trials, and. Anna fitzgerald looks to earn medical emancipation from her parents who until now have relied on their youngest child to help their leukemiastricken daughter kate remain alive. Emma thompson and mike nichols adaptation of margaret edsons intellectual antiintellectual play wit, which won the 1999 pulitzer prize, movingly explores a tough but emotionally homeless scholars confrontation with a lifethreatening illness. In the assigned movie wit, the main role is of vivian bearing which is a college professor who teaches a course in english. But the film is so much more than these isolated matters. She teaches 17th century english poetry and specializes in interpreting sonnets. When analyzing the movie wit in an ethical perspective, it shows that the ethical principles were covered poorly. Click here to visit our frequently asked questions about html5 video. Ethical problems in clinical practice postgraduate. Ethical dilemmas and difficult issues are a part of physicians lives, and some decisions continue to haunt doctors. This list of the 25 best medical films ever made include all those genres, and includes health issues such as aids, cancer, mental illnesses and pregnancy. Todays physicians have to deal with electronic medical records, smartphones, and social media.
Girl, interrupted, novel by susanna kaysen the authors autobiographical tale of a year spent in a mental hospital in the 1960s. The film wit provided me with a unique opportunity to understand a patients perceptions of the health care system while fighting cancer. Wit 2001 nrin netherlands research integrity network. A lot of doctors forget that there are people in those bodies they take care of. Bioethics at the movies 2009 and the picture of health. Medical ethics is a branch of ethics which pertains to medical practice. Besides exposure to difficult ethical dilemmas in a safe environment, this teaching process gave them the opportunity to build their own capacity for managing difficult cases, breaking bad news and facing dying. A window on tensions in clinical trials bioethicsbytes. It was shown at the edinburgh film festival and the. In the beginning of the film, vivian bearing, a professor is diagnosed with stage four ovarian cancers which are metastasizing. The main thing i remember is that the doctor learned and taught that patients were people.
The recurring theme throughout the movie is the nurses role as the compassionate, caring individual who humanizes the main character. In this book, i have resisted the temptation to simply list the gory details and ask doctors to become more honest. What do you think are 5 ethical issues facing physicians today. What then is the reason that many doctors cannot practise ethically in contemporary india. Doctors often fail to provide patient centered care. He wrote and directed seven productions for yorba linda civic light operas youth theater. Deals with bioethical issues including brain scanning, and also issues such as privacy and freedom. Going beyond the physical practice of medicine, ethics of medicine also includes.
The dilemma of the movie wit essay 1145 words bartleby. Its a story about a woman vivian bearingplayed by emma thompson dealing with the illness, treatment, and inevitable death from ovarian cancer. Supersummary, a modern alternative to sparknotes and cliffsnotes, offers highquality study guides for challenging works of literature. This resource is a smallgroup activity aimed to facilitate discussions after a viewing of the emmy awardwinning movie wit. Analysis of the movie wit, nurse susie s character bartleby. In the play wit by margaret edson, the relationships between the doctors are in need of examination. The ethical principles of the movie wit 733 words cram. Im going to write a reaction paper on the movie wit that i have watched recently. I just watched rudderless and i gotta say, the movie played out pretty much like begin again another movie i love until some deep ethical issues were pointed out. Do you also wrestle with some of these tough situations. A panel of experts in medical ethics highlight the top challenges for physicians, plus resources to aid in decisionmaking and delivery of patient care. What are some good movies that raise some important. The concepts learned in our nursing courses on caring and professionalism were critical to keep in mind while watching and. Doctors, nurses, and other staff members in the midst of work, forget that their patients are human.
Medical economics consulted doctors and healthcare experts to explore the pushpull of four ethical, financial, and logistical dilemmas that doctors must navigate in 2014and beyond. In relating and adjusting to the results of her sonogram of her. Furthermore, the death of vivian bearing in the play wit by margaret edson plays a role by teaching vivian how to use compassion. Such technology brings issues about confidentiality and boundaries of the doctor patient relationship to the fore. Top ethical challenges for physicians medical ethics. A renowned professor is forced to reassess her life when she is diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer. Yes, a lot of the doctors today indulge in unethical practices but we dont pass out of medical colleges aiming to become such a doctor. There is already a wealth of knowledge out there in regards to ethical issues, and there are so many resources to help doctors in such situations. He taught the importance of showing compassion and sensitivity towards their patients, which in turn will make them better doctors. In the film wit, the major ethical dilemma presented in the film, were the treatment option that.
They are right because the results will go toward the endearment of the scientific community. Using movies to teach professionalism to medical students. She is able to reflect back on her life after she was diagnosed with stage 4 ovarian cancer. Cameron diaz, abigail breslin, alec baldwin, walter. The matriarchs of both families are similar in many aspects. Kelekian, the head doctor, tells her she has stage four ovarian cancer she goes into a state of oblivion and questions his use of words such as insidious, rather than the issue at hand wit, 2001. Movies dealing with serious morality or ethical issues. The facilitators guide and accompanying materials will enable faculty to lead small groups to effectively discuss breaking bad news, death and dying, donotresuscitate dnr orders, and clinical research trials after showing the movie.
From an ethical standpoint, there has probably never been a more difficult time to be a physician than in todays climate of rising insurance costs, malpractice claims, end of life matters, elective surgical procedures, social media and pharmaceutical advertising. It also made them reflect on their attitudes towards life, death and dying. I enjoyed ex machinas duelling ethicalmoral dilemmas ai to pleasure the body vs ai to pleasure the mind. The movie wit introduces us to a woman by the name of vivian bearing, who is an english professor. An analysis abstract wit is a movie about a woman dying of cancer. Girl, interrupted movie, 1999, starring winona ryder and angelina jolie vhs or dvd format.
At the same time, it ruthlessly deconstructs the modern medical research establishment. Kelekian, the head doctor, tells her she has stage four ovarian. What were some of the ethical issues in the movie the. Racism remember the titans 2000 deals with issues of bigotry, tolerance, racism, respect, responsibility, fairness and citizenship. In the film, nurse susie showed compassion whenever vivian was feeling down and depressed. The authors have faced all eight of the clinical scenarios in this paper in their routine clinical practice. Students have recognised the following medicoprofessional and ethical dimensions of the movie.
In the movie wit, the wounded storyteller, vivian bearing narrates a heart clenching. This paper highlights some of the ethical dilemmas that face practising clinicians in their everyday life and restates how useful the general medical council guidance is to make appropriate decisions. It is sometimes viewed as part of the larger field of bioethics, which concerns ethics in the sciences, and is closely related with nursing ethics and others areas of ethics which intersect with medical practice. The main goals of my paper are to discuss this film with some details and express my own opinion about this film. It was based on the 1999 pulitzer prize winning play of the same title by margaret edson. The research integrity topics discussed in this movie are. Todays physicians are subject to numerous competing pressures, rooted in both time and money, perhaps to an extent theyve never experienced before. If you are faced with an ethical dilemma, you can look to a number of medical bodies to help you find a solution, including the gmc and bma. The physician manipulated the situation when he informs professor barrings of her. Ira byock, looks at dying with dignity and the need for care at the end of life as he states the need for care is not undignified. Dr harvey kelekian christopher lloyd, vivians consultant. Films that address ethical issues can often motivate those who may not have otherwise known about a problem to. The dilemmas of life producing plenty of bad decisions.
It is a powerful drama that chronicles the last few months of her life. And more and more film is becoming useful to ethicists for examining topics like organ transplants, genetic engineering, end of life issues, etc. Movies about medical ethics student doctor network. Starring emma thompson as professor vivian bearing, who undergoes experimental treatment for stage four metastatic ovarian cancer, the 2001 film is based on the 1998 play by margaret edson. To find out what doctors would do if faced with those difficult situations, medscape surveyed physicians attitudes about some of the most frequent and wrenching ethical issues of our time. The wit film is a 2001 american television movie directed by mike nichols. I would probably want her as my teacher because i know that although she is. Im a nursing student and currently taking professional issues in nursing. Wit, 2001 according to miller and brody 2003, the rolerelated obligation of a researcher is to conduct clinical trials in a way that produces valid results in a timely manner. To get a sense of what sorts of ethical problems patients and doctors are now facing, new york identified six real cases from city hospitals representing a variety of issues and asked a panel of. Ironically, one of her doctors, jason, is a former student and now a budding researcher in his own profession, having been inspired by vivians uncompromising scholarship.586 144 420 1028 1453 1072 1367 189 901 215 854 636 470 1569 289 756 369 753 1106 428 914 1090 1489 1371 1393 1360 690 1164 1300 305 863 1472 923 1262 673 211 319 444 357 265 479 1253 88 96