In some movies, sometimes medical conditions are shown inaccurately. For example, in Ghajini (2008 film), anterograde amnesia is shown wrongly. The main protagonist has anterograde amnesia, but he sometimes doesn't even remember his past, which is medically inaccurate.

So, are there any rules regarding the usage of medical terms/conditions/diseases in an inaccurate manner?

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    From what I've seen, no, there are no rules regarding how one can represent medical conditions in movies. But I can't give a definitive answer, hence a comment.
    – DForck42
    Commented Mar 18, 2013 at 3:23
  • The problem is that a lot of people take movies as "word of God" in that they will believe anything put on the screen. As a nurse, do you know how many times I have heard people refer to movies and television shows regarding certain illnesses and the diagnosis and treatment of them? You don't want to know ;) Commented Jan 2, 2017 at 19:27
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    They have no legal authority, but the WHO has guidelines on how suicide should be portrayed, geared at the news. This is to try to prevent people from hearing about a suicide and attempting it themselves.
    – Laurel
    Commented May 28, 2019 at 0:15

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There exist no rules because movies are made for entertainment, and don't have any problem if they show a disease the way it is not. The main problem would be a complete rejection to the movie from the audience because it is showing something incorrectly. After some google research, I haven't found any case of movies being sued for this kind of thing.

  • +1 for the try. I am also didn't got any answer from Google yet. But i still though to wait a long to get any answer from here.
    – Ankit Sharma
    Commented Mar 26, 2013 at 11:12
  • Heh i even looked for all the movies about medical conditions :) and Gajini is a great movie but i dislike the dancing.... @AnkitSharma
    – Washu
    Commented Mar 26, 2013 at 13:28
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    I only have problem with Gajini just regarding wrong portrayal of medical condition.
    – Ankit Sharma
    Commented Mar 26, 2013 at 14:20

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