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photo The Healers of 400 Parnassus
By Laura Gabbert

An exploration of healthcare at its best, this is an unflinching look at physicians, nurses and social workers who confront the daily tragedies and triumphs of dealing with seriously ill patients. Though filmed in an HIV clinic, this extraordinary documentary is about far more than a particular healthcare crisis.

Through intimate cinema-verite footage of the interactions between patients and their caregivers, it offers a unique portrait of the bravery, honesty, teamwork, and humor which enable these committed professionals to transcend the daily stresses and remain dedicated, even inspired, by their work.

58 minutes
© 1997
Purchase $199 VHS
Order No. QA-242
ISBN (VHS) 1-57295-242-3

"A powerful, poignant and accurate portrayal of the meaningful work which can be done with the seriously and chronically medically ill." Mary Sormanti, PhD, Columbia University

"The viewer is struck by the rich mix of competence, compassion and attention to detail that fills every frame." International Congress on the Care of the Terminally Ill

"A surprisingly candid and inspiring look at this crisis. Offers a unique perspective from the other side of the stethoscope, and the humor, courage and honesty conveyed are a remarkable testimonial to the life-affirming nature of people faced with adversity." Mill Valley Film Festival

Awards & Conference Screenings
Special Recognition, American Academy of Nursing
National Conference on Social Work & AIDS/HIV
Silver Apple, National Educational Media Network
Bronze Award, Health Sciences Communications Assn.
Bronze, Columbus International FilmFestival

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