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Making Rounds
A film by Muffie Meyer

88 minutes, documentary, color, English, 2015

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Synopsis

We spend a trillion dollars a year on high-tech tests, and yet almost 20% of patients are misdiagnosed. Making Rounds reintroduces the oldest diagnostic method - listening to the patient - by following two leading cardiologists from Mount Sinai Hospital, Dr. Valentin Fuster and Dr. Herschel Sklaroff, over a one-month period as they care for critically-ill heart patients in the Cardiac Care Unit at Mount Sinai Hospital. We accompany Fuster and Sklaroff as they teach future doctors the traditional art and science of a thorough bedside physical exam. "A great many diseases may be diagnosed," they tell us, "just by looking at a patient's hand."

Filmmaker Muffie Meyer (who co-directed Grey Gardens and The New Medicine) shows Fuster's and Sklaroff's decades of experience in action as they correct misdiagnoses and save lives, demonstrating - in real-world situations - that simply observing and listening to patients remain medicine's most indispensable tools.


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Reviews

"An engaging study of bedside manner, 'Making Rounds' demonstrates the real value of medicine with a human touch...showing just how vital listening is to the process." - The Village Voice

"'Making Rounds' follows the disappearing art and science of how to listen, examine, and diagnose patients...highlighting the back-to-basics approach favored by two leading cardiologists." - Utne Reader

"Involving and illuminating." - Edge Media Network

"Two old-time doctors are keeping the human touch alive, diagnosing patients with a refreshing lack of reliance on technology in this important, sweet-natured documentary." - This Week in New York

"A delightfully engrossing look at modern healthcare." - Criterion Cast




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