Clinico-pathological discussion programme. 5, David Marshall.

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Parts one and two of this video outline David Marshall's case history; he is an overweight, stressed advertising executive who also smokes. There is a brief dramatised insight into his poor lifestyle at work and at home; he has just won an account for a well-known liquorice brand (which has relevance later). He visits his GP and sees a trainee doctor rather than his regular doctor. His blood pressure is high; he smokes 30 cigarettes a day and takes no exercise. His consultation seems perfunctory and the doctor is constantly interrupted by the telephone. He returns to the GP a few months later; his regular doctor asks some lifestyle questions and suggests that he returns about a month later to have his blood pressure checked, although the focus is on losing weight. It transpires that Marshall has been taking some but not all his prescription medicine. The doctor tries to get Marshall referred to the cardiac clinic, but can't get an appointment quickly. He has raised glucose levels and is still overweight. He has a mild heart attack in the street and goes to hospital. Part three is presented by T. W. Greenwood who goes over what we know about David Marshall. Greenwood makes some suggestions regarding Marshall's care. End intertitle 'Full prescribing information on MODURETIC and ALDOMET is available at this film meeting'.



Physical description

1 videocassette (21:20 min.) (VHS) : sound, colour.

Copyright note

Merck, Sharp & Dohme.
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The Clinico-Pathological Conference (CPC) series of programmes started in 1975 and was designed to provide the pharmaceutical industry who sponsored their production with educational material to promote discussion with the medical profession. The programmes are rich in clinical interest and provide an insight into medical practice in the 1980s and 90s. Much greater emphasis was placed upon case history and a physical examination before the prevalance of CT scans and ultrasound. Originally there were eight sets of five programmes supplied as a boxed set (both set one made for Merck Sharpe & Dohme and set four are missing). The series was originally shot on film and then subsequently transferred to video whereupon some programmes and film elements have been lost or not retained as it was not cost effective to store them when no longer in circulation.
This series was distributed on VHS and this format allowed for a much less rigid form of presentation. Following the clinical presentation the audience was provided with the opportunity to choose one of four alternative diagnoses. For each diagnosis chosen, whether or not correct, a patient was featured who had that diagnostic label and the similarities and differences between that patient and the one shown in the presentation were highlighted. This added to the educational value of the programme.

Creator/production credits

Produced for Merck, Sharp & Dohme Ltd by Little King Productions Ltd. Directed by Simon Nicholas.



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