Empathy and healthcare

Screenings at conference

HERE is a line up of the films we will be showing at the 5th National Bioethics Conference next month. While the main topic of discussion at the NBC is integrity and corruption in medical practice and research, the films will highlight the basic value of empathy and its connection with ethical behaviour.

The films will be screened at the Pope Paul VI auditorium on Dec 11 and 12 at St Johns Research Institute, Koramangala, Bengaluru,  followed by a discussion with the audience. The detailed programme will be out shortly.

1instrumentThe Human Cost of Healthcare: Many medical products used by the National Health Service in the UK are made in the developing world where workers are exposed to hazardous conditions, risking serious injury and even death. This film questions the ethics behind the NHS supply chain – how do you justify risking lives to save lives? (12min, produced by the British Medical Association)

“It is difficult not to be moved by the personal stories of workers injured in the manufacture of surgical instruments used in the NHS. But how do you translate the feelings of empathy and concern into action?” – Vivienne Nathanson, The Guardian, UK)

Eva mirrorLove, Hate & Everything In Between: Man’s capacity for kindness and compassion is overshadowed only by his ability to be as cruel and destructive. Can empathy solve issues of aggression and subjugation, where wars, politics and economic sanctions have failed? The film looks into the world of neuroscience, psychology, education and technology to explore the extraordinary relevance of empathy in today’s increasingly interconnected world. (52mins, director: Alex Gabbay, UK). See trailer.

“Love, Hate and Everything In Between is a critical and insightful contribution to the conversation about the value and impact of a more empathic civilization.” – Paul O’Hara, Director, Ashoka Europe

The English Surgeon: Shot in an Ukranian hospital full of desperate patients and makeshift equipment, the film is an intimate portrait of brain surgeon Henry Marsh as he wrestles with the dilemma of the doctor-patient relationship. Tense, heartbreaking and humorous, it is a remarkable depiction of one doctor’s commitment to relieving suffering and the emotional turmoil he undergoes in bringing hope to a desperate people. (94mins, director: Geoffrey Smith, UK). See trailer.

“Astonishing…these men perform miracles but they are also agonizingly human” – Manhola Dargis, The New York Times