The Doctor is a 1991 film loosely based on Dr Edward Rosenbaum’s 1988 book, A Taste Of My Own Medicine.
The film stars William Hurt as Jack MacKee, a doctor who undergoes a transformation in his views about life, illness and human relationships following his experience as a patient. Watch out for a particularly fine performance by Elizabeth Perkins who plays June Ellis, a fellow cancer patient who has an inoperable brain tumour.
It is a powerful film that deals with the importance of empathy, respect and autonomy. The screening will be followed by an open mic discussion of the issues the film raises led by members of staff from the School of Medicine and the Department of Philosophy. Members of the public are very welcome to attend the screening and contribute to the discussion.