The Relationship Between Patient And Doctors Essay

476 WordsMay 11, 20112 Pages
Movie Critique : Patch Adams Loosely based upon the true story of Virginia doctor Hunter “Patch “Adams MD , the 1998 film Patch Adams undoubtedly delivers well in terms of emotional and audience appeal . Actor Robin Williams is perfectly cast as the off-beat and idealistic Dr . Patch Adams who is a firm believer in a working partnership between doctor and patient as well as the use of humor and individual approaches in the treatment of patients .On the other end , supporting characters Mitch (played by actor Philip Seymour Hoffman ) and Dean Walcot (Bob Gunton ) effectively represent the staid and traditional medical doctors who define medicine by academics and hard nosed objectivity .Commercially , the film is effective as a “feel good ” drama comedy with the right balance struck between the tragedies of death and illness and the zany antics of Williams as clown doctor Patch Adams .The character Patch Adams was a non-conformist who lived by his own rules . Some night even say that his non-conforming attitude as well as his blatant disregard for protocol and tradition ruling the medical school might be symptoms of an anti-social personality disorder as mentioned in the library scene of the film .Some may however argue that one can call it anti-social only from the medical school ‘s point of view . In general and real society however , the character Patch Adams is more of a “pro-social ” person . Pro-social people exhibit actions that are always more for the good of others rather than one ‘s self . The traits that distinguish them are their drive to help , care , comfort , share and co-operate with others for the common good (Clarke 2 )In other words , it is the complete anti-thesis of anti-social personality disorder especially since the only possible (but insufficient ) symptom that Patch exhibits that may qualify for anti-social disorder is his refusal to adhere to
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