Health Professionals On Screen

Overview

Health professionals—physicians, psychiatrists, nurses, dentists, psychologists and pharmacists among others—have been immortalized on screen since the beginning of motion pictures and television. Over the years the representation of medical personnel has varied from heroes to villains, madmen to bumbling boobs, money grubbers to humanitarians, and compassionate samaritans to aloof snobs. Film reflects the range of characterization of health care workers and how the perception of health professionals by society ...

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Overview

Health professionals—physicians, psychiatrists, nurses, dentists, psychologists and pharmacists among others—have been immortalized on screen since the beginning of motion pictures and television. Over the years the representation of medical personnel has varied from heroes to villains, madmen to bumbling boobs, money grubbers to humanitarians, and compassionate samaritans to aloof snobs. Film reflects the range of characterization of health care workers and how the perception of health professionals by society has evolved over time. This comprehensive resource documents all significant appearances of health professionals on film or television. The book is organized into five sections. The first lists films and made-for-TV movies that feature health professionals as a major character. Each listing contains a full citation including a synopsis, cast list, and production and direction credits. The second section covers television series with similarly detailed entries, followed by a comprehensive bibliography, a subject index and a character index. With a list of abbreviations.

The book contains no figures.

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Editorial Reviews

Communication Booknotes Quarterly
This book will be helpful to anyone researching the media image of health care professionals.
Medical Reference Services Quarterly
Recommended for large academic library collections.
Booknews
Since the advent of silent films (e.g. Edison's 1901 ), physicians, nurses, psychiatrists, and other health professionals have been portrayed on screen in roles ranging from sage self-sacrificing humanitarians to money-grubbers, sadists, and/or incompetents. Library director Paietta (Deep River Public Library, CT) and aspiring librarian Kauppila (administrative assistant, Yale U.) supply an annotated, alphabetical listing of 1,645 theatrical films, 1899-1998, and television movies/series featuring fictional healthcare providers in a key role or focusing on historical notables. Very well referenced and indexed. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810836365
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/28/1999
  • Edition number: 448
  • Pages: 446
  • Product dimensions: 1.13 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 5.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Ann Paietta is Director of Research and Development at The Dependent Care Connection in Westport, Connecticut. She has held library positions at The New York Academy of Medicine, Yale University and the University of Illinois. Jean Kauppila is an administrative assistant at Yale University and a culinary student. They also collaborated on Animals on Screen and Radio.

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