Dr. Feelgood is a window into the interconnected stories of those who suffer from chronic pain, patients addicted to prescription drugs, and preeminent pain specialist Dr. William Hurwitz, who became known and later convicted for prescribing unusually high doses of opioid painkillers. The film’s examination of Dr. Hurwitz is a portrait of someone regarded by many as a savior for being the only doctor willing to provide nearly unrestricted access to drugs that relieve chronic pain; while others, including the US government, have held him responsible for causing addiction and deaths of his patients. Throughout its complex exploration of the polarizing Dr. Hurwitz, the film’s neutrality offers viewers all the opportunity necessary to identify with each side of the story. If the film coaxes viewers at all, it is only into the realization that the story is not as black and white as it might seem, so that even viewers coming into this film with preconceived ideas should be prepared for their opinions to change multiple times before the credits roll.
Saturday October 15, 2016 8:30pm – 10:16pm
Wednesday October 19, 2016 6:30pm – 8:14pm
Rollins Theatre presented by Capital Metro
-Eva Mikes, Conference Coordinator
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