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PHYSICIANS IN MOTION PICTURES

John A. Vizzard
JAMA. 1952;148(5):397. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.02930050069024.
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To the Editor—  If anyone doubts that the careers of doctors are dramatic, he has only to review a few statistics culled from the files of the Motion Picture Association of America. According to these records, doctors appeared in films 237 times in 1950, and 211 times in 1949. These figures are based on a review of 428 feature-length films approved by the Production Code Administration in 1950, and on 411 approved in 1949. On the basis of simple arithmetic, this means that doctors appeared, on the average, in every other picture!This observation is not meant to be mathematically exact, of course, since actually several or many doctors may have appeared in a single picture, as, for instance, this year's popular film from 20th-Century Fox "People Will Talk."How many times were doctors portrayed as villains? According to these charts, 13 times in 1950, but only 3 times in

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