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NOVA; Dying To Breathe


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Dying To Breathe
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Premiered March 1974 NOVA is a general-interest documentary series that addresses a single science issue each week. Billed as "science adventures for curious grown-ups" when it first aired in March, 1974, NOVA continues to offer an informative and entertaining approach to a challenging subject. 1996 marked NOVA's 23rd season, which makes it the longest-running science program on national television. It is also one of television's most acclaimed series, having won every major television award, most of them many times over. Series release date: 3/3/1974

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Advances in organ transplant surgery have improved the lives of many terminally ill patients. Along with the medical success of these procedures, however, comes a wide range of ethical and moral decisions for doctors, patients, and their families. Through profiles of some of the doctors and patients in the Toronto General Hospital Lung Transplant Program, this episode provides a glimpse into the personal stories behind these difficult decisions.



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Chicago: “NOVA; Dying To Breathe,” 09/08/1993, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed June 17, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_C2F6BF34DB854C4382684EFBEAE80F73.
MLA: “NOVA; Dying To Breathe.” 09/08/1993. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. June 17, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_C2F6BF34DB854C4382684EFBEAE80F73>.
APA: NOVA; Dying To Breathe. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_C2F6BF34DB854C4382684EFBEAE80F73
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