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"The hospital": advertisement for film. Colour lithograph, 1972.

  • United Artists Corporation.
  • Pictures

About this work


"Herbert Block is chief of medicine in a major teaching hospital. His wife has left him, he is impotent and his children have both disowned him. He is toying with the idea of suicide when patients begin dying, not from complications, but from the erroneous treatments the hospital is giving them. People in the wrong beds are given wrong medicines, sent to operating theaters for incorrect surgery, and found in waiting rooms dead of natural causes. Barbara Drummond has come to take her comatose father back to the Sioux reservation where he operates a clinic and they each reach out to each other for emotional support, as a shadowy figure stalks the patients and staff of the hospital"-- plot summary on the Internet movie database, November 2009

"Anyone who has spent time working in a hospital or medical facility has got to appreciate this film. ... You just won't want to check in to a hospital in the near future."--user's comment on the Internet movie database, November 2009


[United States] : United Artists Corporation, 1972 (Printed in U.S.A.)

Physical description

1 print : lithograph, printed in colours ; sheet 103.8 x 68.4 cm


Watch them operate! George C. Scott in "The hospital" Copyright © 1972 by United Artists Corporation. All rights reserved.

Lettering note

A nerdy doctor in a white coat says on the telephone "Sheila, this is Dr. Schaefer. I got us a bed for tonight". An American Indian (Native American) man (medicine-man?) says "Why do they always call me when it's too late?". A woman administrator says apparently to a dead patient "You're not leaving until I have your Blue Cross number". A surgeon says "I may be crazy but I think I've operated on the wrong patient"
Further lettering: "Property of National Screen Service Corp. Licensed for display only in connection with the exhibition of the picture. Must be returned immediately thereafter."


Wellcome Library no. 679893i


  • English

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