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Hospital City - DVD ONF/NFB

Catalogue Number:  NFB524712
Producer:  National Film Board Of Canada
Producers:  Mary Sexton, Kent Martin
Directors:  Rosemary House
Producing Agencies:  Dark Flowers Productions Inc. (St. John's), National Film Board of Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Documentary, Health and Medicine, Medicine, Science
Language:  English
Grade Level:  Post Secondary
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2004
Running Time:  47:46
Closed Captions:  Yes

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Most of us are born in hospitals, and most of us will die there too. But hospitals remain sprawling, mysterious places - sources of dread and fear that remind us of our own mortality.

While media reports concentrate on miracles and highly trained specialists. Hospital City shifts the focus away from high-profile doctors and introduces us to people no less essential - the workers, without whom no hospital could function.

Shot at the Health Sciences Centre in St. John's, Newfoundland, this documentary reveals the workings of a contemporary health-care facility. Accompanied by hospital staff, we travel through miles of corridors, labs, pharmacies, supply rooms, operating theatres, and patient rooms - from the maternity ward to the morgue.

As debate in Canada rages over funding cuts and a health-care system said to be in crisis, Hospital City is a moving, human portrait of the people whom the debates most closely touch.

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