Made for a professionally interested audience including students of all health care disciplines. With notes.
1. Lecture by Prof. A.H. Crisp: An edited and illustrated lecture by Prof. Crisp which draws on his international reputation and a lifetime of professional experience treating patients with Anorexia Nervosa, and which gives a very valuable insight into the condition, with specific case examples. (45 mins)……………..
2. The Movie: Interviews with two patients, a dietician and a short section on the theory, and finally with another patient who was first treated over 15 years ago. (40 mins)……………
3. The Days of Fast and Abstinence: A dramatised story of Lizzie, who is admitted to a hospital psychiatric unit. The programme makes it clear, using flashbacks, that her anorexia was nobody’s ‘fault’, but shows how she developed the condition. It also shows some of the treatment. (26 mins)
Made in 1985 this film reflects the cultural attitudes and state of medical knowledge of the time it was made. The issues raised are timeless.