Syphilis, lost knowledge, an Indian brick maker and a gentleman's magazine, doctors who operated on Jewish noses, and the terrible effects of aeroplane fuel - this is the story of plastic surgery. Plastic surgery is not a modern phenomenon. It started over 400 years ago with a spate of botched nose jobs, so badly engineered that the nose would fall off if the wind blew too hard. It marked the birth of a whole new obsession - surgeons gradually became entranced with the idea that not only could they fix the body, but now they could even fix our sense of self-esteem.
Stress-related diseases are some of the biggest killers in modern developed society, yet we know little about their root cause. That all changes in this unprecedented look at the revelatory science, based on the latest research by pioneering scientists including neurobiologist Robert Sapolsky, a professor at Stanford University. For over a quarter of a century he has been fascinated by why some people are crushed by stress while others seem to thrive on it.
Doctors Gunther von Hagens and John Heyworth examine the effect of violent impact on the human body. A woman died after falling from a great height and fracturing her ribs, clavicle, femur and spine. Dr Heyworth explains the X-ray and broken bones. These fractures are then marked on a living body so that the audience can understand the injuries that these broken bones have caused.
Derek is the strangest sleeper in Europe. Repeated medical attempts to treat his sleep problems have failed him and he continues to undergo a strange metamorphosis from a mild-mannered gentleman by day into a thrashing wild animal while he sleeps. Derek's night-time antics have been so violent, he has had to resort to drastic action like building a grate down the middle of the bed that he shares with his wife to protect her. He has head butted and punched the walls, ripped out light fittings and made violent dives out of bed, waking with blood and bruises all over his body.
A neo-nazi obsessed with the perfect stitch, organs from prisoners, patients bombarded with radiation, chance discoveries involving bottles of good quality olive oil - this is the story of transplant surgery. At first, transplant surgery seemed a craze, a one-off experiment. But pursuing fame, prestige and worldwide acclaim, surgeons took increasingly extraordinary risks.
Part of Medical Evolution Season on SBS ONE, top surgeons carry out life-changing operations in front of a studio audience, broadcast on live television in Britain. Tonight, the team performs surgery on a woman with a hiatus hernia, while answering questions from viewers at home.
Wang and Funi two giant pandas from China became a media sensation in November 2009 when the Adelaide Zoo brought the pair to Australia. Hosted by Ten presenter Natarsha Belling, this one hour documentary follows the "behind the scenes" efforts of the Adelaide Zoo team through long negotiations with Chinese officials and training with Chinese panda keepers. The language barrier, travel delays and complicated paperwork all conspire to keep the pandas from boarding their plane to Australia.
Doctors Gunther von Hagens and John Heyworth examine the effect of severe blood loss. The human circulatory system contains about 5 litres of blood. The heart pumps 7500 litres of blood around the body every day. Dr Heyworth explains how a haemorrhage is treated according to where the blood loss occurs.
Jodie, the frenetic sleeper who has clinicians at Papworth Sleep Clinic fascinated by her nightly imaginings of ponies, snakes and spiders in her bedroom, tries out a drug to quieten her at night and give boyfriend Jim a rest. But it makes her a daytime zombie. Which is worse for a young woman?
This is two-part film about three very different people, Steve, Mary and Judy, whose lives are driven by suffering. They want the right to choose how and when they die. In Australia, assisting them to die is illegal and carries a 14-year jail sentence, despite the fact that 73% of Australians support euthanasia.
This five-part series about the brutal, bloody and dangerous history of surgery continues with a look at the development of heart surgery, which produced some extremely reckless experiments. With a family history of heart problems, presenter Michael Mosley takes a personal interest in these pioneers, who teeter on the scalpel-edge between saviour and executioner. Michael has a go at heart surgery, meets a man with no heartbeat, and witnesses an operation where the patient is cooled until their brain stops and has all of their blood sucked out.
Following the remarkable life of one small leopard from when she is just eight days old until she is three years old and on the brink of adulthood. Legadema, as she is named, works her way into your heart as she slips in and out of danger virtually every day, running from baboons and hyenas but also making landmark strides in hunting and surviving. It is the story of a mother and daughter relationship as well as that of an emerging huntress in Botswana's magnificent Mombo region.
The horrors of the Great Plague or 'Black Death' could provide lessons that help save lives in the event of an infectious disease disaster. Scientists probe the mystery of why some people survived the infection that killed millions over the centuries when it struck again and again. They have discovered a trick of nature that outsmarted the vicious killer.
Psychopaths...they'll charm you, manipulate you, then ruin your life. But, not all of them with a gun or a knife. In this extra ordinary documentary, suspected psychopath Sam Vaknin goes in search of a diagnosis...was he born without a conscience?
British journalist Michael Portillo investigates the psychology of violence. How is it that humans commit violent acts against one another? He visits Mexico try traditional boxing, is forced to stay awake to look after twin babies, and watches as deadly electric shocks are administered to volunteers.
Dr von Hagens has previiously presented two massively successful series, Anatomy for Beginners and Autopsy: Life and Death. In each episode of Gunther's ER, Dr von Hagens recreates serious injuries on cadavers to reveal just what happens to the body when faced with assaults or accidents. All specimens used to demonstrate the effect of these injuries, are real human bodies, donated to Dr von Hagens' Institute for Plastination.
The howler has to have one of the weirdest sleep disorders the specialists at Papworth Sleep Clinic at Cambridge have dealt with. In this fourth episode of the series on strange and disturbing night time habits, the clinic staff meet Lindsey, who is a night time groaner. Her husband of 10 years has had to abandon the marital bed to get any peace. She's not in any pain or discomfort, the clinic staff discover, but she has a strange physical condition that causes this noisy pastime.
This is a film about three very different people, Steve, Mary and Judy, whose lives are driven by suffering. They want the right to choose how and when they die. In Australia, assisted suicide is illegal and carries a 14-year jail sentence, despite the fact that 73% of Australians support euthanasia. But the prospect of dying a long and painful death drives people like Steve, Mary and Judy to extraordinary lengths to get access to the means to choose their own kind of death.
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