Journal of Medical Humanities

, Volume 27, Issue 2, pp 127–129 | Cite as

Doctor, Can You Fix My Broken Heart?

  • Andy Miah
Book Review

Media Review for The Journal of Medical Humanities, “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” dir. Michel Gondry. Screenplay by Charlie Kaufman and Michel Gondry. It was released in the UK on 30 April. (

“Blessed are the forgetful, for they get the better even of their blunders.” (Nietzsche, quoted by Mary in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind)

Charlie Kaufman's (Being John Malkovich, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, Adaptation) script for Director Michel Gondry's “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” (April, 2004) is the latest Kate Winslet (Clementine) and Jim Carrey (Joel) movie. This comic tragedy raises questions about the role of medicine by considering the prospect of memory deletion. Characters utilize this technology to forget that they have ever met somebody, usually because the grief of those memories is too much to bear. However, to say this is a movie about medicine and its role in society would be an overstatement. The ethical issues...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Bioethics, and Cyberculture, University of PaisleyScotlandUK

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