Health in Modern Day America

From who pays for health care to what gets defined as an illness, health in modern day America is undergoing
radical rethinking. What is the optimal health care system? Who defines what boundaries separate illness
from health and who determines these boundaries? What is the ethical role of the physician in a patient's
treatment? What is the role of the patient in her/his own treatment? How much does America rely on drugs
as treatment for illness (think about the number of Prozac‐type drugs on the market)? Are Americans too
interested in the "easy way out" with drug treatment? According to statistics from CBS News and the Pew
Research Center, America is 4.6% of the world population yet we consume 42% of the world's prescription
medicines. The average American sees ten pharmaceutical ads each day. 20% of the work done by ad
agencies is in naming syndromes for pharmaceutical companies and every dollar spent on advertising by
those companies results in four dollars for the pharmaceutical company. In light of these facts, how much is
health care driven by pharmaceutical companies? By insurance companies? Are people who don't easily fit in
with society's dictates treated differently by mainstream America?
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1.
Angels in America (2003 Mini-Series)
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Playwright Tony Kushner adapts his political epic about the AIDS crisis during the mid-eighties, around a group of separate but connected individuals. (352 mins.)
 
2.
Apocalypse Now (1979)
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During the Vietnam War, Captain Willard is sent on a dangerous mission into Cambodia to assassinate a renegade colonel who has set himself up as a god among a local tribe. (153 mins.)
Director: Francis Coppola
 
3.
Awakenings (1990)
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The victims of an encephalitis epidemic many years ago have been catatonic ever since, but now a new drug offers the prospect of reviving them. (121 mins.)
Director: Penny Marshall
 
4.
A Beautiful Mind (2001)
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After John Nash, a brilliant but asocial mathematician, accepts secret work in cryptography, his life takes a turn for the nightmarish. (135 mins.)
Director: Ron Howard
 
5.
Birdy (1984)
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After two friends return home from the Vietnam War one becomes mentally unstable and obsesses with becoming a bird. (120 mins.)
Director: Alan Parker
 
6.
Dark Victory (1939)
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A young socialite is diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor, and must decide whether or not she'll meet her final days with dignity. (104 mins.)
Director: Edmund Goulding
 
7.
The Doctor (1991)
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Jack McKee is a doctor with it all: he's successful, he's rich, extremely self centred and he has no problems... (122 mins.)
Director: Randa Haines
 
8.
Dialogues with Madwomen (1994 Documentary)
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(90 mins.)
Director: Allie Light
 
9.
...First Do No Harm (1997 TV Movie)
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The story of one woman's struggle against a narrow-minded medical establishment. (94 mins.)
Director: Jim Abrahams
 
10.
Girl, Interrupted (1999)
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Based on writer Susanna Kaysen's account of her 18-month stay at a mental hospital in the 1960s. (127 mins.)
Director: James Mangold
 
11.
The House of God (1984)
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Follow a group of interns in a large teaching hospital. When Jo, Chief Resident, has a breakdown the... (108 mins.)
Director: Donald Wrye
 
12.
John Q (2002)
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John Quincy Archibald takes a hospital emergency room hostage when his insurance won't cover his son's heart transplant. (116 mins.)
Director: Nick Cassavetes
 
13.
Life as a House (2001)
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When a man is diagnosed with terminal cancer, he takes custody of his misanthropic teenage son, for whom quality time means getting high, engaging in small-time prostitution, and avoiding his father. (125 mins.)
Director: Irwin Winkler
 
14.
Lorenzo's Oil (1992)
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A boy develops a disease so rare that nobody is working on a cure, so his father decides to learn all about it and tackle the problem himself. (129 mins.)
Director: George Miller
 
15.
Magnolia (1999)
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An epic mosaic of interrelated characters in search of love, forgiveness, and meaning in the San Fernando Valley. (188 mins.)
 
16.
Mildred Pierce (1945)
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A hard-working mother inches towards disaster as she divorces her husband and starts a successful restaurant business to support her spoiled daughter. (111 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
 
17.
Mask (1985)
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A teenager with a massive facial skull deformity and biker gang mother attempt to live as normal a life as possible under the circumstances. (120 mins.)
 
18.
Philadelphia (1993)
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When a man with HIV is fired by his law firm because of his condition, he hires a homophobic small time lawyer as the only willing advocate for a wrongful dismissal suit. (125 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Demme
 
19.
Rain Man (1988)
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Selfish yuppie Charlie Babbitt's father left a fortune to his savant brother Raymond and a pittance to Charlie; they travel cross-country. (133 mins.)
Director: Barry Levinson
 
20.
Safe (1995)
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An affluent and unexceptional homemaker in the suburbs develops multiple chemical sensitivity. (119 mins.)
Director: Todd Haynes
 
21.
Sicko (2007 Documentary)
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A documentary comparing the highly profitable American health care industry to other nations, and HMO horror stories including shotgun deaths. (123 mins.)
Director: Michael Moore
 
22.
The Snake Pit (1948)
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A detailed chronicle of a woman during her stay in a mental institution. (108 mins.)
Director: Anatole Litvak
 
23.
Stepmom (1998)
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A terminally ill woman has to settle on her former husband's new lover, who will be their children's stepmother. (124 mins.)
Director: Chris Columbus
 
24.
Sylvia (2003)
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Story of the relationship between the poets Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath. (110 mins.)
Director: Christine Jeffs
 
25.
To Dance with the White Dog (1993 TV Movie)
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This is the touching story of an elderly widower trying to work through his grief. When Sam Peek's beloved wife... (100 mins.)
Director: Glenn Jordan
 
26.
The Three Faces of Eve (1957)
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A doctor treats a woman suffering from Multiple Personality Disorder. (91 mins.)
 
27.
The Waterdance (1992)
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A film about struggling to deal with paralysis. Author Joel Garcia breaks his neck while hiking, and... (106 mins.)
 
28.
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
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A former child star torments her paraplegic sister in their decaying Hollywood mansion. (134 mins.)
Director: Robert Aldrich
 
29.
What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
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After his father's death, Gilbert has to care for his mentally disabled brother, Arnie, and his morbidly obese mother, which is suddenly challenged when love walks into his life. (118 mins.)
 
30.
Whose Life Is It Anyway? (1981)
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Ken Harrison is an artist who makes sculptures. One day he is involved in a car accident, and is paralyzed from his neck down... (119 mins.)
Director: John Badham
 
31.
Wit (2001 TV Movie)
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A renowned professor is forced to reassess her life when she is diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer. (99 mins.)
Director: Mike Nichols
 
32.
Marvin's Room (1996)
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A leukemia patient attempts to end a 20-year feud with her sister to get her bone marrow. (98 mins.)
Director: Jerry Zaks
 
33.
Shutter Island (2010)
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In 1954, a U.S. marshal investigates the disappearance of a murderess who escaped from a hospital for the criminally insane. (138 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
 
34.
The Business of Being Born (2008 Documentary)
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Birth: it's a miracle. A rite of passage. A natural part of life. But more than anything, birth is a business... (87 mins.)
Director: Abby Epstein
 
35.
The Savages (2007)
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A sister and brother face the realities of familial responsibility as they begin to care for their ailing father. (114 mins.)
Director: Tamara Jenkins
 
36.
Frontline (1983 TV Series)
Episode: Sick Around America (2009)
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Frontline investigates the health care system in the United States and searches for some answers to its many problems. (60 mins.)
 
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38.
A Paralyzing Fear: The Story of Polio in America (1998 Documentary)
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Few know the story of how polio came to America in 1916 and grew into the frightening epidemics of the 1940's and 50's when the diseases crippled tens of thousands of children every summer. (90 mins.)
 
39.
Nova (1974 TV Series)
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NOVA returns one last time to get an update on the seven doctors they've documented since 1987.
 
40.
Nova (1974 TV Series)
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Science documentaries about various topics.
 
41.
Loving Lampposts (2010 Documentary)
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What would you call a four year old who caresses all the lampposts in the park? Quirky? Unusual? Or sick... (84 mins.)
Director: Todd Drezner
 
42.
Frontline (1983 TV Series)
Episode: The Vaccine War (2010)
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Frontline examines both sides of the debate over vaccines. On one side, the public health community wholeheartedly endorses them. One the other, parents and politicians accuse them of causing disorders like autism. (60 mins.)
 
43.
Life for Sale (2008 Documentary)
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What if you died because your hospital considered you an expendable commodity? Today's health care costs are at an all-time high... (84 mins.)
Director: Kimberli Zou
 
44.
Firestorm (2010 Documentary)
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Every minute in the United States, an ambulance gets turned away from an emergency room because hospitals are simply too full... (54 mins.)
Director: Julie Winokur