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BC: The End

FC: Theater | Medicine | -and the-

1: Imaginary Invalid | Moliere's | presentation BY: Shauna Barnett

2: Moliere, along with other satirists of the time, lived in 17th century France, an era when medicine was beginning to improve. Yet with all the improvements the country was still very behind compared to today's standards. | Moliere

3: The focus of Moliere's satirical comedy was primarily to poke fun at the flaws in the practice of medicine in 17th century France. | In the Imaginary Invalid... | He was influenced by many other French and Italian satirists that wrote plays that poked fun at other aspects of society.

4: 17th Century Medicine | During the 17th century there was great skepticism in the relationship between doctors and their patients. Patients were blind to the fact that doctors were motivated to work only for their own individual gain and not to cure the patient. The doctors were mainly focused on gaining wealth and following correct procedures rather than guaranteeing the life recovery of a patient.

5: How doctors are portrayed by Moliere in other plays: | Doctors locating the heart and the liver on the wrong side of the body. | Four doctors needed to determine s mysterious illness. | Doctors diagnose healthy patients with illnesses. | Doctors blame mistakes on nature and take credit for successes.

6: Doctor Wachauvia diagnosed Argan with made up diseases and led him to believe he was sick. | Doctor continued to charge Argan excessive amounts of money for services. | Any character disguised as a doctor (Toinette) took on the persona of the corrupt official. | How This Influenced Imaginary Invalid...

7: "The medical profession relies on man's fear and ignorance, and all doctors must unite in order to preserve the illusion of their art and to keep themselves in business."

8: Medicine Today | In today's society medicine is very advanced compared to where it was a few centuries ago. There is more advanced technology and the professionals are not as corrupt. | Many medical professionals swear by the Hippocratic Oath to ethical during their practice of medicine.

9: With the recent election, medicine and health care became a very important issue. | David Ball adapted Imaginary Invalid in a way that kept its original message but with a modern twist.

10: David Ball's Adaptation | In terms of the role of the doctors Ball's adaptation in almost exactly the same except for the names.

11: Doctors are still very corrupt but they are more focused on getting wealthy. | The doctors are seen as all-knowing, according to Argan, but they are highly unqualified for their position.

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