“The heart surgeon, Jack McKee, who treats his patients

“The Doctor” tells us the story
of a self-centered heart surgeon, Jack McKee, who treats his patients like
names on a list. As a surgeon, he believes no doctor should have an attachment
to his patients. “A surgeon’s job is to
cut. You fix it and you get out,” he says. However, he undergoes an
attitude change as the movie goes along and he is diagnosed having a tumor in his
throat that is malignant. As his life changes from a doctor to a patient, his
point of views begins to shift. He then meets another patient named June Ellis,
a cancer patient with inoperable brain tumor. June teaches him the importance
of showing kindness to the people around him including his wife, patients,
colleague, family and friends. In the end of the movie, Jack recovers from cancer
and begins to teach the new interns the importance of kindness and treating
patients with respect by making them experience life as a patient with
different diseases undergoing different treatments.

         The
film is a good example of how attitude plays an important role in one’s life,
especially in the life of a Doctor. The word “Attitude” is defined as they way
you respond to everything, be it an object, subject, idea or situation. It
could either be positive or negative, depending on how one views the situation.
Attitude can have a great impact on your behavior and it is usually the result
of the experiences one has experienced in life or upbringing.

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In this film, though Jack is the
main character, he does have flaws of his own. For example, when Jack’s patient
with a scar on her chest is feeling insecure and mentions that she and her
husband are not close anymore, Jack responds that she should tell her husband
that she is just like a “Playboy
centerfold, because she has the staple marks to prove it.”

Next, Dr. Leslie Abbott, Jack’s
doctor, is another example of portraying bad attitude. In the film, Dr. Leslie
tells Jack in strict, plain cold words, “Doctor,
you have a growth.”

This film has thought me that
attitude plays an important aspect in life. Your attitude will not only impact
on your performance, relationship and success but also your happiness. Those
who have a good attitude creates a warm atmosphere around them, this draws
people towards them and helps build friendly relations. As a medical student, I
have come to realize that if you have the right bedside manners, your patients
will be more willing to open up to you and they will also respect you as their
doctor.

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