I’ve been unable to sleep tonight, so I decided to have a look at what was on BBC iPlayer. I clicked onto BBC Four and have just enjoyed 90 minutes of interesting programming. One programme, lasting an hour, in particular was one of the most remarkable and interesting television programmes that I have seen in quite sometime.
Blood and Guts: A History of Surgery focused on the historical development of cardiac surgery which has resulted in us being able to perform complex operations in the most remarkable of circumstances. I was amazed by just how far we have come in such a short time in the ability to perform complex cardiac surgery. I was not aware that cardiac surgery was such a recent medical achievement. I had just assumed that it was a lot older given the history of other forms of surgery.
The programmed aired on Wednesday night and can be seen on BBC iPlayer for one week after it was originally aired. I’d recommend it to anyone who can stomach it. The next episode in the series will focus on transplants and I will be sure to watch it. Fantastically interesting stuff!
The other programme I watched was Doctors to be: 20 years on: The surgeon’s Tale. This programme caught up with a consultant surgeon who the BBC had first met when he embarked upon his studies as a medical student. It was an interesting 30 minutes watching his story as he worked his way up to the top of his chosen specialisation. Again, an interesting one to watch!
There is another programme on the BBC Four iPlayer site that I am keen to watch, and will do once I have had some sleep. I am now starting to feel tired (not before time, I’ve been up for 18.5 hours having only had five hours sleep last night). The programme is listed as Medical Mavericks: Series 1: Anaesthesia. The description on the BBC iPlayer website is as follows:
Dr Michael Mosley explores the ways in which pioneering doctors laid the foundations of modern medicine by experimenting on themselves. In charting the development of pain-free surgery, he starts with Humphrey Davy, who inhaled up to 50 pints of laughing gas a day and yet missed its true significance. Conman-turned-dentist Dr William Morton slept with a skeleton by night and experimented with ether by day, while James Young Simpson’s enthusiasm for chloroform led to many deaths.
Again, another truly interesting sounding programme!