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1st Edition

When Film Meets Neurology

ISBN 9781482242867
Published November 6, 2014 by CRC Press
313 Pages 258 Color Illustrations

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Book Description

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 neurologic representation in film. Neurocinema: When Film Meets Neurology is a collection of film essays that summarize the portrayal of major neurologic syndromes and clinical signs in cinema. Many films approach the reality of disease 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.

More than 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, explains them, and places them in a broader context. The book is accessible for all health care workers and general readership.

Eelco Wijdicks is a professor of neurology at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. He is the chair of the Division of Critical Care Neurology and an 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 is enamored with cinema and neurologic representation in fiction and documentary films. Dr. Wijdicks has written film reviews for Neurology Today and THE LANCET Neurology. He is the author of a major publication on the portrayal of coma in film and its potential effect on the viewing public.

Table of Contents

Medicine in Film
Portrayal of Hospitals
Portrayal of Doctors
Portrayal of Diseases

The Neurologist in Film
The Founder of Neurology—Charcot —in Film
Modern Neurologists in Film

Neurologic Disorders in Film
Introducing Main Themes
Coma in Film
Traumatic Brain Injury in Film
Stroke in Film
Locked-In Syndrome in Film
Brain Tumor in Film
Meningitis in Film
Encephalitis Lethargica in Film
Spinal Cord Injury in Film
Poliomyelitis in Film
Multiple Sclerosis in Film
Motor Neuron Disease in Film
Leprosy in Film
Amnesia in Film
Headache in Film
Sleep Disorders in Film
Seizures in Film
Cerebral Palsy in Film
Autism Spectrum Disorders in Film
Tourette’s Syndrome in Film
Dementia in Film
Parkinson’s Disease in Film
Neurogenetics in Film

Neuroethics in Film
Introducing Main Themes
Physician-Assisted Suicide in Film
Self-Determination in Film
Withdrawal of Support from Brain Injury in Film
Family Conflicts on Level of Care in Film
Brain Death and Organ Donation in Film
Institutionalizing in Film
Experimentation in Film
Compassion Failure in Film

Neurologic Disorders in Documentary Film
Introduction of Main Themes
Dementia in Documentary Film
Huntington’s Disease in Documentary Film
Multiple Sclerosis in Documentary
Motor Neuron Disease in Documentary Film
Aphasia after Stroke in Documentary Film
Poliomyelitis in Documentary Film
Traumatic Brain Injury in Film
Rehabilitation in Film

Neurofollies in Film
Introducing Main Themes
Enter the Mind
Psychic after Coma
Total Amnesia
Enhancing Brain Function
Intellectual Disability to Genius
Violent Seizures
Computer-Assisted Neuronal Activity
Mind Control
Brain Preservation
A Final Word

Epilogue: The Neurology of Cinema
Neurocinema and Actors
The Book and What It Means
How To Watch and Read a Neuro Film

Appendix: Neurofilmography

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"…should be required reading for all neurologists."
—Howard S. Kirshner, MD, Department of Neurology, Vanderbilt University in Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology

"This volume is written with passion, and the author’s real affection for the cinema seeps from every page. This book is not just for film buffs … We should all watch and learn."
—Sallie Baxendale, UCL Institute of Neurology in The Lancet Neurology