A new book co-edited by Les Friedman, professor and chair of media and society, will be published by Oxford University Press in May. “The Picture of Health” is designed to provide examples and case studies from film and literature as a resource for those teaching biomedical ethics to students.
The publisher’s description explains, “Film and literature have long been mined for interesting examples and case studies in order to teach biomedical ethics to students.” “Picture of Health” is a collection of approximately 80 concise, accessible essays, “written by international experts from medicine, social sciences, and the humanities, all of whom have experience using film in their teaching of medical ethics. Each essay focuses on a single scene and the ethical issues it raises, and the volume editors have provided strict guidelines for what each essay must do, while also allowing for some creative freedom.” Films with more obvious biomedical ethic dilemmas, such as “Million Dollar Baby,” and “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” are included, as well as what the publisher refers to as “novel choices, such as ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ or ‘As Good as it Gets.'” A complete filmography and cross-index is included at the end of the book.
Friedman joined the HWS faculty in 2005. Prior to this appointment, he was a member of the Medical Humanities Program in the Feingold School of Medicine at Northwestern University; and the Medical Humanities and Bioethics Program at Upstate Medical Center; as well as the Radio, TV and Film Department at Northwestern University and the Art Media Studies Department at Syracuse University. An internationally recognized expert in cinema and medical humanities, with a particular emphasis on health care and media studies, he has authored or coauthored more than 15 books, two screenplays, and numerous peer-reviewed manuscripts. In particular, he is the editor of “Cultural Sutures,” (Duke University Press) the first comprehensive book to explore the intimate connections between the cultures of medicine and media.
Friedman co-edited the book with Henri Colt, M.D., professor of pulmonary and critical care medicine at the University of California, Irvine, and Silvia Quadrelli M.D., M.Ed., Ph.D., director of the pulmonary and critical care section of the British Hospital in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Colt is an internationally recognized expert and opinion leader in the development and dissemination of novel technologies for lung cancer diagnosis and interventional palliative procedures. During his career, he has worked or lectured in more than 50 countries, frequently discussing ethics and humanities issues in the context of medical practice, social injustice, humanitarian aid, and education.
Quadrelli is an internationally recognized authority in the area of humanitarian assistance, and has devoted more than 30 years of her life to the global combat against poverty and injustice. In 2010, Quadrelli received the prestigious Medal of the Bicentennial from the City of Buenos Aires, as a “woman who has helped shape modern society.” In addition to her background in medicine and teaching, she holds degrees in bioethics and university political sciences.