National Doctors Day 2019: 5 greatest films about doctors every medical student must watch at least once

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 01 July 2019, 12:37 PM
National Doctors Day 2019 (Photo: Instagram)
National Doctors Day 2019 (Photo: Instagram)

National Doctors' Day in India is observed on the 1st of July to recognize the tremendous contributions of medics to humankind. With the help of the human anatomy aided by science and technology, doctors are no less the guardian angels we can see with our naked eyes as they, through their knowledge and expertise in medicine go through every length to better, safe lives. With millions pursuing the field to save lives, the knowledge that is needed for the betterhood of mankind can also be found in places sometimes not searched.

On National Doctors 2019, we look at some the greatest doctor films every medical student or aspiring doctors should watch as least once:

  1. Concussion (2015): Based on the real-life story of Dr Bennet Omalu played by Will Smith who identified the problem of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a football-related head trauma in players, Concussion, though the truth of the biopic remains debatable gives a huge importance on the 'subject matter' once thought not dangerous-concussion.
  2. M*A*S*H (1970): This Academy Award winning movie with its usage of dark humour is a commentary on war and how people survive the horrors of war through absurdity and black humour.
  3. Awakenings (1990): Starring Robin Williams and Robert De Niro, the movie based on Oliver Sacks with its impeccable story-telling dives deep into people with catatonia.
  4. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975): This truly Oscar Award winner movie tells about the grim reality of people with mental problems either enforced or caused. Unlike other movies in the lost that stands as an exemplary on the bright side, this movie is a stellar example of what a nurse, medical assistant should not be, namely the character of Louise Fletcher as Nurse Ratched.
  5. Girl, Interrupted (1999): While there are many movies on mental illnesses, this Angelina Jolie and Winona Ryder starrer goes deep into how mental patients were once treated in the 1960s. Giving a very real and terrifying look on how mental illness was once treated and stigmatises, the stigmatization of it all compels you to ponder and talk about it.  
First Published: Monday, July 01, 2019 11:28 AM
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