Betrayal of Trust (1994)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Docudrama  |   Countries - USA  |  
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A chilling exploration of the violation of doctor/patient trust, this made-for-TV drama is based on actual events. Singer Barbara Noel (Judith Light) is a mess. Tired of her constant depression and the effect it has had upon her husband and family, she goes to see the renowned psychiatrist Dr. Jules Masserman (Judd Hirsch). Using a combination of drugs, hypno-therapy and traditional techniques, he swears he will be able to help her. Time passes, and Barbara seems to be getting worse. In addition, she has begun drinking heavily. Strange bruises periodically appear on her body. She seems inordinately attached to Masserman, and her marriage suffers. When her life completely falls apart, Barbara wakes up and realizes that her trusted doctor has been violating her during the sessions in which she was drugged into unconsciousness. She tries all the traditional venues, but finds that her screwed up self is no match for a highly respected member of the medical community. Her luck changes dramatically, however, when she finds out that other women have also suffered from Masserman's treatment. Unfortunately, it will take some doing to convince any of them to testify against him.

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abuse, alcoholism, depression, doctor/nurse, drugs, health-care, husband, medical-system, patient [medical], psychiatry, singer