NLM will present a special program, "Hollywood and Women Doctors," with
Dr. Peter Dans on Thursday, June 30, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Open to
the public, the free session has been developed in conjunction
with the library's current exhibition, "Changing the Face of Medicine:
Celebrating America's Women Physicians." It will take place in
the Lister Hill Auditorium, Bldg. 38A. Seating will be on a first-come,
The challenge to negative attitudes and assumptions presented
by women in medicine was played out on film in the 20th century,
as Hollywood struggled to represent women physicians in the movies.
Dans will present a kaleidoscopic tour of Hollywood's portrayals
of women doctors, using film clips beginning with 1933's Mary
Stevens, M.D. and ending with 2002's Blood Work. There will be time after
the talk for questions.
Dans is an internist with interests in infectious diseases, geriatrics,
quality assurance and ethics. He is an independent consultant on
issues related to geriatric polypharmacy and drug safety in the
elderly. He is the author or coauthor of more than 100 scientific
articles, book chapters and other contributions to the medical
literature. Since 1990, he has written movie reviews such as "The
Physician at the Movies" for Pharos, the quarterly publication
of the Alpha Omega Alpha honor medical society. In 2000, his book, Doctors
in the Movies: Boil the Water and Just
Say Aah!, about
how doctors have been portrayed in movies from the 1930's through
the 1990's, was published.
For more information, contact Jiwon Kim at (301) 496-5963.