Are Oscars Nominees' Health Plots Accurate or Malpractice?
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Dr. Markel says: "Although this sumptuous film is really about the history of motion pictures and a young boy's longing for a sense of belonging after the death of his father, there is one medical aspect to it. The train station police officer, played to perfection by Sasha Baron Cohen, has a prominent limp and must wear a cumbersome brace on his left leg.
"Midway through the film, we learn that this disability was the result of an injury incurred during the Great War. While Cohen finds a new shtick with almost every step, the brace he wears is faithfully recreated. Sadly, wars give rise to many new fields of medicine. For example, the triage system of evaluating emergency room patients was developed during the Napoleonic Wars. Rehabilitation medicine made huge leaps of progress in the aftermaths of both World War I and II."