Speech from the film 'Malice' adapted for declamation 

The question is, 'Do I have a 'God Complex'?

It’s clear you have a poor opinion about the work of doctors, which makes me wonder if you have any idea as to the kind of grades one has to receive in college to be accepted at a top medical school.

Or if you have the vaguest clue as to how talented someone has to be to lead a surgical team.

You belong to the college of ordinary people.

And for years, I've been listening to ordinary people, just like you, with all your pet theories about medicine. 

How it was this treatment, or that drug, or this herb, or that miracle which saved a patient. 

Whether there was one doctor, or whether there were five. 

What they did, what they should have done. 

The truth is you're looking for something more than a doctor because whether you’re in public service or business or education or law or WHATEVER, one day, sooner or later, YOU'LL END UP ON MY TABLE. 

That's when your opinions go quiet, your questions stop - and there is only one problem before you… the problem of realizing WHO I AM.

I have an M.D. from Harvard.

I am board certified in cardio-thoracic medicine and trauma surgery.

I have been awarded citations from seven different medical boards in New England.

And I am NEVER sick at sea.

So I ask you, when someone goes into a church and they fall on their knees and they pray to God that their wife doesn't miscarry, or that their son doesn't bleed to death, or that their mother doesn't suffer acute neural trauma from post-operative shock, who do you think they're praying to?

Now, go ahead and read your Bible and go to your church every week - and with any luck you might win the annual raffle. But if you're looking for God, he was in MY hospital in MY operating room and he doesn't like being second-guessed by simpletons like you. 

You ask me if I have a God complex?

Let me tell you something: