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MEDICAL MAVERICKS documentary BBC

Posted by Adrian on June 19, 2008

You gotta check this documentary out, from the UK station BBC. It’s all about that the breakthrough medical discoveries of our age (anesthesia, pain relief, viruses, poisoning) came from medical practitioners of yesteryear, testing their discoveries out on their own bodies.

Well done re-enactments, even the presenter Dr Micheal Mosley doing some of the routine tests (like the discovery of nitrous oxide and pain relief). Some really interesting stories of old school operations and techniques whilst discovering a better way to help the patient endure the pain.

Animal rights activists win a point here for their argument that animal testing is not reliable. Because with this doco, it is clear the major breakthroughs in human medical advancement has been those brave (maybe crazy) doctors and professors doing the self experiment thing – which had proven reliable outcomes (even when they nearly kill themselves in the process)

Check it out

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