Academic Psychiatry

, Volume 27, Issue 3, pp 182–186 | Cite as

OD’s and DT’s: Using Movies to Teach Intoxication and Withdrawal Syndromes to Medical Students

  • Christopher J. WelshEmail author
Media Column


Objective: The purpose of this study was to determine whether second-year medical students believed that the use of movies helped them to learn about intoxication and withdrawal syndromes. Methods: A videotape was made by transferring clips of various commercially available films as well as clips from several television news shows and a training film displaying intoxication and withdrawal syndromes. Students attending the lecture were asked to complete a brief, anonymous questionnaire following the lecture. Results: More than 90% of the 89 respondents believed that the clips helped them to recognize these syndromes and appreciate their potential severity. All students believed that the movie clips would help them remember the syndromes, with greater than 90% reporting that it would help very much. Conclusions: The use of movie clips appears to be a useful tool in teaching medical students about intoxication and withdrawal syndromes seen with various substances of abuse.


Medical Student Video Clip Academic Psychiatry Withdrawal Syndrome Borderline Personality Disorder 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. 1.
    Wileman, R: Visual Communicating. Educational Technology Publications, 1993Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Essex-Lopresti M: Centenary of the medical film. Lancet 1997; 349: 819–820CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  3. 3.
    There was no citation in the Word document.Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    Longland C, MacKeith R, Stanford B: The film in medical education. Lancet 1944; ii: 585–590CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. 5.
    Beck L: A review of sixteen millimeter films in psychology and allied sciences. Psychol Bull 1938; 35: 129–133CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  6. 6.
    Lewis L, Jones J, Haynes E: Low-cost video-films in the teaching of under-graduate and postgraduate medical students. J Telemed Telecare 2000; 6 (suppl) 2: S2:45–S2:47Google Scholar
  7. 7.
    Hyler S, Bujold A: Computers in psychiatric education. Psychiatr Ann 1994; 24: 13–19CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  8. 8.
    Hyler S: DSM-III in the cinema: Madness in the movies. Comprehensive Psychiatry 1988; 29: 195–201CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  9. 9.
    Gabbard G, Gabbard K: Countertransference in the movies. Psychoanalytic Review 1985; 72: 171–184PubMedGoogle Scholar
  10. 10.
    Fritz G, Poe R: The role of a cinema seminar in psychiatric education. The American Journal of Psychiatry 1979; 136(2): 207–210CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  11. 11.
    Hyler S, Moore J: Teaching psychiatry? Let Hollywood help! Suicide in the cinema. Acad Psychiatry 1996; 20: 212–217CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar
  12. 12.
    Hyler S, Schanzer B: Using commercially available films to teach about borderline personality disorder. Bull Menninger Clin 1997; 61(4): 458–468PubMedGoogle Scholar
  13. 13.
    Roberts D, Henriksen L, Christenson P: Substance Use in Popular Movies and Music, Mediascope 1999, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration,, 1–62
  14. 14.
    Stevenson J: Addicted: The Myth and Menace of Drugs in Film, Creation Cinema Collection, Volume 16, Creation Books, 2000Google Scholar
  15. 15.
    Copyright Law of the United States of America and Related Laws Contained in Title 17 of the United States Code; Pub. L. No 94-553 90 Stat 2541 July, 2001,, 21–24

Copyright information

© Academic Psychiatry 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry, Division of Alcohol and Drug AbuseUniversity of Maryland School of MedicineBaltimoreUSA

Personalised recommendations