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Bodywatch; What Are You Afraid Of?


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What Are You Afraid Of?
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Series host: Dr. James H. "Red" Duke, Jr., Texas physician and professor of surgery. Health correspondent: Dr. Holly Atkinson, physician and medical journalist. Commentator: T George Harris, editor-in-chief, "American Health" magazine. Program format: Magazine-style; each program is focused on a single health theme and includes feature stories as well as a commentary. Series release date: 1986

Program Description

Phobias are the most common of all mental disorders, affecting 8% of the population. Though successful treatment is available, thousands of phobics try to hide their condition and end up leading lives of severe constraint. BODYWATCH meets with agoraphobics who haven't left their homes in years, as well as TODAY show weatherman Willard Scott who has come to terms with his mortal fear of the camera. The program also examines the biological and physiological components of phobias and points out how new treatments have made phobias a thing of the past for those who seek help.



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Chicago: “Bodywatch; What Are You Afraid Of?,” 12/22/1988, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed June 2, 2020, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_3C13A2D5C76E40E081838EEFA274C838.
MLA: “Bodywatch; What Are You Afraid Of?.” 12/22/1988. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. June 2, 2020. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_3C13A2D5C76E40E081838EEFA274C838>.
APA: Bodywatch; What Are You Afraid Of?. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_3C13A2D5C76E40E081838EEFA274C838
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