When Film Meets Neurology
CRC Press – 2014 – 320 pages
Film directors recognize that neurologic disease impacts mind and motility and often use it in a plot or defining scene.
It should be informative and educational to deconstruct the neurologic representation in film. This collection of film essays summarizes the portrayal of major neurologic syndromes and clinical signs in cinema. Many films approach reality quite closely and, as a result, are deeply moving and memorable. Equally important, these films say as much about consequences as they say about the disorder. Therefore, the main themes include sudden confrontation with a major neurologic illness, disability from chronic neurologic disease, and failure to lead a normal life.
Over 100 fiction films and documentaries are discussed in this completely original and definitive work on how film meets neurology. The book includes nearly 50 neurology topics and explains and places them in a broader context. Chapters include medicine in film, the neurologist in film, neurologic disorders in film, neuroethics in film, neurodocumentaries and neurofollies. The book also discusses actors with neurologic disease. This completely original book is accessible to all healthcare workers and wide general readership.
About the Author: Eelco Wijdicks is Professor of Neurology at Mayo College of Medicine. He is the Chair of the Division of Critical Care Neurology and attending neurointensivist at Mayo Clinic Hospital, Saint Marys Campus. He has written numerous books and scientific articles on the clinical practice of Neurocritical Care.
He has been enamored with cinema-and neurologic representation in fiction film and documentary. He has written film reviews for NEUROLOGY TODAY and LANCET NEUROLOGY. Dr Wijdicks is the author of a major publication on the portrayal of coma in film and its potential effect on the viewing public.
Medicine in Film
The Neurologist in Film
Neurologic Disease in Film
Neurology in Documentary Film
Neurology Ethics in Film
Actors with Neurologic Disease