Journal of Medical Humanities

, Volume 31, Issue 3, pp 183–204

The Cinema of Control: On Diabetic Excess and Illness in Film


DOI: 10.1007/s10912-010-9110-8

Cite this article as:
Ferguson, K.L. J Med Humanit (2010) 31: 183. doi:10.1007/s10912-010-9110-8


While not rare, films that represent diabetes must work around the disease’s banal invisibility, and images of diabetics in film are especially susceptible to metaphor and exaggeration. This essay is the first to outline a diabetic filmography, discussing medical and cinematic strategies for visualizing the disease as well as how the illness informs family plots and heroic characters in horror films. Doing so, it participates in a larger discussion of the manner in which film images of ill or disabled groups sustain notions of “normalcy” by both representing and denying otherness.


Diabetes Cinema Control Insulin Glucometer 

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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Queens CollegeCUNYFlushingUSA

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