Chip Taylor Communications

Subject: Health: Medicine

Medical Studies Series

The world of medicine is constantly growing, finding ways of improving the health and lives of millions worldwide. This series offers a wide range of award-winning documentaries, from biographical studies of noteworthy medical people to research and development programs about important health, medicine and clinical Click for more

Telemedicine: Remote Possibilities

Telemedicine: Remote Possibilities

Surgical operations by remote control are still in their infancy, but no longer belong to the world of science fiction. The impact of medical technology on health care is apparent in some of the world's most isolated communities, thanks to an innovative new application called Telemedicine - surgery by remote control. In this program we first meet Dr. Luc Vanderheyden, a surgeon who made medical history by using equipment developed by NASA to diagnose a hernia in a patient 140 miles away. With a robotic arm and joystick controlling the tiny fiber-optic camera, Vanderheyden watched his progress on a computer screen. Today Telemedicine promises to change the way health care is delivered not only on Earth but also in space. Next Dr. Blake Papsin explains the microsurgical process involved in implanting a Cochlear Implant into 10-year-old Jaclyn Balcom; plus we learn how telemedicine may help with the many follow-up visits that's required after an Implant to help re-train the patient's brain to understand the new neural information it's receiving. Produced by Black Inc. 04/08DE Closed-Captioned SCA 52 min.

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