Cinema: Is There a Doctor in the House?

Hollywood got rich by selling escape, but the postwar movie cycle about persecuted minorities (Crossfire, Pinky, Home of the Brave) showed that grim truths and touchy subjects pay off, too. By last week the moviemakers had begun peddling a new cycle that some fans might find even grimmer and touchier. Already on the schedule were films about cancer (No Sad Songs for Me), paraplegia (The Men), poliomyelitis (The Young Lovers), smallpox (The Frightened City) and leprosy (Who Walk Alone).

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