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At Home; Franz Ingelfinger


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At Home
Franz Ingelfinger
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Broadcast Sundays beginning August 6, 1978.

Beginning August 6th, a series of informal, very personal visits with six formidable, very personable Bay State residents. Journalist China Altman is the host of the series. Series release date: 8/6/1978

Program Description

Dr. Ingelfinger is Boston’s doctor’s doctor. He is a noted gastroenterologist who turned to journalism and, in that role, took aim, in pungent and lucid prose, at the problems of his own profession. A beloved teacher at the Boston University Medical School, known as “the Finger,” he tells us that he wears bow ties to break himself of the habit of chewing his tie in moments of agitation with students and colleagues. For ten years he was the editor of the world’s most influential medical journal, he talks about how, three years ago, he discovered he had cancer in the very area of his medical expertise. He speaks openly and frankly about his confusion and concern as a patient, not knowing what treatment to take. He criticizes American “cancer-phobia” and speaks reassuringly about his approach to living with the disease. An elder statesman of medicine, Dr. Ingelfinger, now retired, looks at the condition of his profession and at his own divided career.



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Broadcast program

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Talk Show
Chicago: “At Home; Franz Ingelfinger,” 08/02/1978, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed June 5, 2020, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_2DA7E70FE8AD450FA95904F37F4BEC04.
MLA: “At Home; Franz Ingelfinger.” 08/02/1978. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. June 5, 2020. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_2DA7E70FE8AD450FA95904F37F4BEC04>.
APA: At Home; Franz Ingelfinger. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_2DA7E70FE8AD450FA95904F37F4BEC04
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