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NOVA; Artificial Heart, The


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Artificial Heart, The
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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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Barney Clark, an obscure Seattle dentist with terminal heart disease, received the first complete artificial heart implant in 1982 and lived on for three post-operative months. Perhaps the most publicized operation in modern medicine, it put Clark and his doctors in Salt Lake City into the annals of science, but was it a success ? NOVA looks at the risks, costs and controversies surrounding the development of the artificial heart.



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Chicago: “NOVA; Artificial Heart, The,” 07/16/1983, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed June 3, 2020, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_CB77ADCCA247439390264E1F3940903A.
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