Clinical Ethics on Film

A Guide for Medical Educators

  • M. Sara Rosenthal

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. End of Life on Film

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-2
    2. M. Sara Rosenthal
      Pages 3-25
    3. M. Sara Rosenthal
      Pages 49-68
    4. M. Sara Rosenthal
      Pages 69-81
  3. Films About Competency and Decision-Making Capacity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-85
    2. M. Sara Rosenthal
      Pages 131-152
  4. Films About Beneficence

About this book


This book discusses feature films that enrich our understanding of doctor-patient dilemmas. The book comprises general clinical ethics themes and principles and is written in accessible language. Each theme is discussed and illuminated in chapters devoted to a particular film. Chapters start with a discussion of the film itself, which shares details behind the making of the film; box-office and critical reception; casting; and other facts about production. The chapter then situates the film in a history of medicine and medical sociology context before it delves into the clinical ethics issues in the film, and how to use it as a teaching aid for clinical ethics.  Readers will understand how each film in this collection served to bring particular clinical ethics issues to the public’s attention or reflected medico-legal issues that were part of the public discourse. The book is a perfect instructor's guide for anyone teaching bioethics, healthcare ethics, medical sociology, medical history, healthcare systems, narrative medicine, or nursing ethics.


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Authors and affiliations

  • M. Sara Rosenthal
    • 1
  1. 1.Program for Bioethics, Departments of Internal Medicine, Pediatrics and Behavioral ScienceUniversity of KentuckyLexingtonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-90373-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-90374-3
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