DOCUMENTARY: The Widowmaker directed by Patrick Forbes (2015)
The Widowmaker is a great documentary examining the different schools of thought in modern medicine for dealing with the leading killer of our time; heart disease. This is a great informative documentary on this subject for all.
Even more fascinating is the in depth look at the issues uncovering the prevalent problem of money, politics, and ego taking priority over clinical outcomes and doing what is right. There are great heroes saving lives every day in our health care system, but there is also this very dark side of modern medicine. This is a story showing how some avenues of therapy persist purely based on their ability to generate profits over others that are far superior in terms of clinical outcomes.
This documentary does a great job illustrating how this infects the ranks of “clinical thought leaders”, pharmaceutical companies, medical device companies, hospital systems, and very much so in the managed care/insurance industry. The Widowmaker is definitely worth your time!