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Blood and Guts: A History of Surgery

Premier :: 2008-08-20

Airs :: Wednesday 21:00 on BBC Four

Genre :: Documentary
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Summary

Today, astonishing surgical breakthroughs are making face transplants, limb transplants and a host of other previously undreamed of operations possible. But getting here has not been a simple story of selfless men working tirelessly in the pursuit of medical advancement. Instead it’s a bloodstained tale of blunders, arrogance, mishap and murder. In trying to keep us alive, surgeons have all too often killed us off, and life-saving solutions have often come from the most surprising places. Blood and Guts is an incredible story of stolen corpses, medical fraud, lobotomized patients – and every now and then courageous advances that have saved the lives of millions around the world. You may think twice before going under the knife…

Latest Episode

Series 1 - Episode 5 - Bloody Beginnings
Aired - 17 September 2008

Episode summary:

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 medicine generally meant being bloodlet by leeches to within an inch of your life.

Watch Episodes Online - Episode Guide

+ Series 1

+ Episode - 5 Bloody Beginnings Aired - 17 September 2008
+ Episode - 4 Fixing Faces Aired - 10 September 2008
+ Episode - 3 Spare Parts Aired - 03 September 2008
+ Episode - 2 Bleeding Hearts Aired - 27 August 2008
+ Episode - 1 Into the Brain Aired - 20 August 2008

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