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My Book

Posted on December 20, 2012 by kierandonaghy
My book co-authored with Teresa Icart has just been published.
Films in Health Sciences Education combines the study of medical themes and film analysis. Subjects related to health care of interest to doctors, nurses, pharmacists and psychologists among others, are presented alongside an analysis of film language.
The ten films analysed in the book all deal with a disease or health problem that is relevant to the plot; they cover a wide range of pathologies and include patients of all ages.
Each chapter is structured in the following way:
– A technical and artistic summary which briefly describes the plot of the
film and how the main medical condition fits in with it.
– A list of the subjects which are likely to be of interest to teachers, professionals and students involved in health sciences from an academic point of view.
– The main health problems which are relevant to the plot of the film as well as those which are merely mentioned.
– A list of the health-care professionals who are likely to be interested in the health topics covered by the film.
– A scenario which explains the plot of the film.
– A transcript of the dialogue of a few selected sequences along with an explanation of the context, the exact timing and a frame from the film.
– A glossary of the most important or interesting medical vocabulary used in the film.
– An explanation of some of the filming techniques which are employed in the film.
– Activities and academic tasks which can be carried out in relation to each film.
Films in Health Sciences Education is addressed mainly to health-science teachers, but also caters for health professionals and can be used as a course book for health-science students. The objective of this book is to help health professionals and students enjoy, analyse, understand and learn about health sciences through film.
Foreword. Introduction
Films as a teaching resource in health sciences
The Constant Gardener (2005). Requiem for a Dream (2000). Triage (2009). The Painted Veil (2006). Iris (2001). Something the Lord Made (2004). My Sister’s Keeper (2009). The Secret Life of Words (2005). Precious (2009). John Q (2002)
Kieran Donaghy has taught in the United Kingdom, Italy, Portugal and Spain. He is a teacher and teacher trainer at UAB Idiomes Barcelona, part of the Autonomous University of Barcelona. He has a BA in Politics from the University of Nottingham, and master’s degrees in English Language Teaching from the University Rovira i Virgili, and Business Communication from the University Pompeu Fabra.
He is particularly interested in the use of film in education. He has a blog on the use of film ( which has won numerous awards including Best Individual Blog in the 2011 Edublog Awards. He has given presentations on film at national and international conferences.
M Teresa Icart Isern has taught research methods, scientific communication and evidence-based nursing in European and South American Universities. She has degrees in Nursing and Medicine and received a Master’s degree in Public Health from the Université Libre de Bruxelles and a Doctorate in Preventive Medicine and Public Health from the University of Barcelona. Dr Icart is a faculty member in the School of Nursing at the University of Barcelona. She holds several professional affiliations in the areas of research methods and nursing management. She is a member of the research group FODIP (Formació Docent Innovació Pedagògica – Teacher Education and Pedagogical Innovation).
Her primary interests include continuing education and training for health care professionals. Her current research addresses gender-based violence, primary care interventions and the use of commercial films as an educational resource to teach health science.


18 thoughts on “My Book

  1. Congratulations Kieran – fabulous news that you have actually produced a book – or maybe this is not your first? And from the description, it sounds really interesting.

  2. Hi Kieran,
    Congratulations on the book. I just saw “Procrastination” and i am I amazed…it’s really good. How doyou choose the films?…looking at the internet or…
    Thanks for the wonderful website…

  3. Hi
    I’m learning English language in Iran. I want be a great English teacher. I like your weblog and I hope I can use your posts in my future classes.
    Why “Films in health science”?
    You can write a book about “life lessons that we can learn through movies”!

    • Hi Zohre,
      Thanks for commenting. I’m really happy you like the site and I hope you enjoy using it with your students in the future. You’ve given an idea for a new book!
      All the best,

  4. Hi Kieran,

    Congratulations on the publishing of your book … I hope you have many many more as your work is so consistently excellent – fun to use in the classroom and delightful for students of most any age. We can all learn so much from your efforts, and those of us in the profession who know you and have the chance to work with you are all the better off for it.

    Cheers and all the Best Wishes for a Great Holiday Season …

    Kind regards,


  5. Hi Kieran,
    Massive congratulations with your new book. I know it will be the first of many.
    Your website always provides engaging classes and I always look forward to your new posts.
    Best of luck with the book
    Merry Christmas

    • Hi Andy,
      Thanks a lot for your words of encouragement; it’s great to know you find the site so useful.
      Have a great Christmas and a very happy 2013.
      All the ebst,

  6. Your videos are great!!! I came across “on Time” once, and I have used it in many classes, sts love it!! Now that I’ve discovered yours I have plenty of material to work with!!! It’s just a gift for the soul of these young people I work for.., it’s food for thouhgt…Thanks a lot!!

    • Hi Sandra,
      Thanks a lot for taking the time to comment and for your kind words about the site, I really appreciate them.
      All the best,

  7. Hi Kieran!

    Help! I’m based in Germany and I’m teaching a medical English course for adults. I would just love to buy your book on this subject, but at the moment it website says that it is unavailable. When will it be available again? It’s just the thing for my students, just perfect, and I’d like to get it as soon as possible. is it available as an e-book perhaps? Please let me know.

    I love your website and will definitely make a contribution. Thank you for your great work!!!