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The film Wit directed by Mike Nicols involves a patients experience with hospital professionals as she is treated for ovarian cancer It involves themes covered in the course technology patient- doctor experience health professionals and institutions The film is about a fourty-eight year old patient named Vivian Bearing who is an English professor at university but becomes diagnosed with metastatic stage four ovarian cancer As she goes through many treatments of chemotherapy eight cycles she suffers with many side-effects Additionally the film is told from Vivians perspective feeling isolated becoming treated harshly by professionals At the end of the film Vivian dies Additionally we have to discuss how elements of the biomedical model shape the patients experience in the film The biomedical model is a perspective that has the authority over their lives of people and has power to control how we act and how others act towards us Throughout this course we have discussed elements of biomedicalization which are medicalization health professionals health technologies and health care institutions The elements of the biomedical model shape Vivian Bearings experience by forcing her to abide by the hospitals policies put out by doctors In this situation Vivian does not have a choice as she must abide by them In contrast Vivian has her health depend on the health technologies and by doing so this leads doctors to give Vivian the treatment thus forcing her to take the specified amount of medication after agreeing to it which in the end she finds out she cannot handle In this paper I will argue that Vivians experience in the hospital is shaped by the elements of the biomedical model In doing so these elements include professionalism technology and institutions that take away Vivians independence and force her to abide by the policies in the hospital As a result the health professionals which are doctors have authority on Vivian I will also argue how professionalism institutions and technology
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