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(PBS/NOVA) Director/Producer: periskope

I began filming the seven doctors to be on their first day at Harvard Medical School and continued (with some breaks) for 21 years. None of these students could have predicted what it would take, personally and professionally to become initiated into the medical tribe. In “Doctors’ Diaries,” a two-hour special, NOVA returned to find out what sort of doctors-and people-they have become. The program is the latest installment in the longest-running U.S. documentary of its kind and was twice nominated for an Emmy.

“I do not believe I have ever seen a PBS documentary that was more perfectly edited. As a viewer, you feel like you are skating along on a perfect sheet of words and imagery, and then, boom, suddenly Barnes stops you in your tracks to make a major point about the price that must be paid to join the medical priesthood.” Baltimore Sun.

“A remarkable documentary about a normally closed world” Boston Globe

“’Doctors’ Diaries’ drives home the point of the series, which is the essential ordinariness of these physicians: they may be smarter than average and drilled to a high level of competence, but they are noble and selfish and petty in the same proportions as the rest of us”. Mike Hale New York Times

“Incredibly ambitious” New York Daily News

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