rev: Patch Adams [1998]


Some good jokes, some bad jokes, some interesting ideas, some confusion over clinical emotional detachment, and a mind-numbing, oh-so early 1990s film speech. Good acting all around, though. But there’s nothing really memorable, here.

Why do doctors practice emotional detachment from their patients?

Many doctors try to be empathetic and understanding to their patients, however, they are required by oath maintain a professional distance from their patients so they can do no harm. Examples of harm include, demonstrating inequality of service towards their patients, breaking the law by giving patients illegal and untested medicine, terminating medical treatment because the early stages of treatment are excruciatingly painful, e.g. chemotherapy. Common examples of self-harm include doctor suicide if their patients die.