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M.Teresa Icart & Kieran Donaghy

Films in Health Sciences Education: Learning through moving images


The ten films analysed in the book all deal with a disease or health problem that is relevant to the plot; they cover a wide range of pathologies and include patients of all ages.

Each chapter is structured in the following way:

  • A technical and artistic summary which briefly describes the plot of the film and how the main medical condition fits in with it.
  • A list of the subjects which are likely to be of interest to teachers, professionals and students involved in health sciences froman academic point of view.
  • The main health problems which are relevant to the plot of the film as well as those which are merely mentioned.
  • A list of the health-care professionals who are likely to be interested in the health topics covered by the film.
  • A scenario which explains the plot of the film.
  • A transcript of the dialogue of a few selected sequences along with an explanation of the context, the exact timing and a frame from the film.
  • A glossary of the most important or interesting medical vocabulary used in the film.
  • An explanation of some of the filming techniques which are employed in the film.
  • Activities and academic tasks which can be carried out in relation to each film

Films in Health Sciences Education is addressed mainly to healthscience teachers, but also caters for health professionals and can be used as a course book for health-science students. The objective of this book is to help health professionals and students enjoy, analyse, understand and learn about health sciences through film.


M Teresa Icart Isern has taught research methods, scientific communication and evidence-based nursing in European and South  American Universities. She has degrees in Nursing and Medicine and received a Master’s degree in Public Health from the Université Libre de Bruxelles and a Doctorate in Preventive Medicine and Public Health from the University of Barcelona. Dr Icart is a faculty member in the School of Nursing at the University of Barcelona. She holds several professional affiliations in the areas of research methods and nursing management. She is a member of the research group FODIP (Formació Docent Innovació Pedagògica – Teacher  Education and Pedagogical Innovation). 

Kieran Donaghy has taught in the United Kingdom, Italy, Portugal and Spain. He is a teacher and teacher trainer at UAB Idiomes Barcelona, part of the Autonomous University of Barcelona. He has a BA in Politics from the University of Nottingham, and master’s degrees in English Language Teaching from the University Rovira i Virgili, and Business Communication from the University Pompeu Fabra.

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