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Superhuman

Synopsis
Six programmes in which Professor Robert Winston investigates the human body’s mechanisms for healing and renewing itself, using techniques including micro-photography and morphing: 1) Trauma (directors Natasha Bondy and David Hickman): how the body copes with trauma, showing war casualties, accident victims, and the results of cooling the body; 2) Spare Parts (director John Groom): transplant surgery, showing a hand transplant, a cochlear implant, a heart transplant, and a pig-brain cell transplant for Parkinson’s disease; 3) Self-Repair (producer/director Judith Bunting): How the body regenerates tissue and how doctors are exploring ways of using this process to help cure angina and to mend broken spinal cords.
4) Killers into Cures: looks at the thousands of microbes living on and inside the human body, from bacteria that cause life-threatening illnesses to viruses that can lead to devastating plagues; 5) The Enemy Within: focuses on cancer and follows three cancer patients as they try experimental new treatments.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video; Videocassette. VHS. col. 180 min.
Year of production
2000
Availability
OUT OF DISTRIBUTION
Notes
Broadcast on BBC1 from 15/10/00.
Subjects
Medical sciences
Keywords
biomechanics; human biology; human organ transplant surgery; trauma

Credits

Director
David Hickman; John Groom; Judith Bunting; Natasha Bondy
Producer
David Hickman
Contributor
Michael Mosley
Cast
Robert Winston 

Production Company

Name

BBC Television

Name

TLC

Phone
020 7462 3600
Fax
020 7462 3700
Address
160 Great Portland Street
London W1N 5TV
Notes
Use for: The Learning Channel

Distributor

Name

BBC Home Video

 

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