An American Cardiologist in Paris: Be Careful in the Shower

FranticToday EuroPCR 2012 begins. More than 12,000 cardiologists descend on the Palais des Congrès in Paris to present and learn about stents, angioplasty, fractional flow reserve, etc.

Just be careful in the shower. Especially if you’re traveling with your wife!

Back in 1988, Roman Polanski released “Frantic“, starring Harrison Ford as a cardiologist who is attending a major conference at the Palais des Congrès. He is showering in his Paris hotel room, when his wife answers a mysterious phone call and suddenly disappears — kidnapped! The film proceeds as he tries to figure out who, what, when, where about his wife — and as he also worries about being late for his presentation at the big conference.

I’ve always thought about this film because at the time I was producing a live demonstration course that was being transmitted to a large audience of interventional cardiologists at the (same) Palais des Congrès. The site where I was situated was l’Hôpital Américain de Paris — I was told that was where Roman Polanski’s doctors were and that he visited the hospital from time to time.

I didn’t catch him at the hospital, but Polanski did walk right past me at a wine bar near the Champs-Élysées.

My brush with Frantic.

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