Michael Mosley: A History Of Surgery

Season 1

Season 1, Episode 5 - Bloody Beginnings

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This final episode looks at how surgery dragged itself kicking and screaming out of the dark ages, transforming itself from butchery into a science. Presenter Michael Mosley finds out how the early days of surgery were dark and barbaric, when the surgeon's knife was more likely to kill you than save you and invasive medici...

Season 1, Episode 4 - Fixing Faces

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Looks at plastic surgery discovering it 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 cou...

Season 1, Episode 3 - Spare Parts

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At first, transplant surgery seemed like a one-off experiment. But pursuing fame, prestige and worldwide acclaim, surgeons took increasingly extraordinary risks. What lay ahead was a battle to tame the world's most sophisticated fighting machine - the body's immune system.

Season 1, Episode 2 - Bleeding Hearts

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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 ...

Season 1, Episode 1 - Into The Brain

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Lunchtime lobotomies; microchips implanted inside bulls' brains; a lifesaving piece of household wire; and CIA-funded research: this is the story of brain surgery. More than any other surgery, operating on the brain has taught us who we are. But the most complex organ in the body hides its secrets well, and surgeons have t...