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NOVA; Avoiding The Surgeon's Knife


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Avoiding The Surgeon's Knife
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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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Follows the efforts of four participants in a celebrated California study to unblock arteries without using drugs or surgery before their heart disease becomes fatal. Hosted by ABC correspondent George Strait, examines the work of Dr. Dean Ornish of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute. (See below for contact information.) Participants in studio segment featuring experts with varying medical views on this treatment are Dr. William Castelli, director of Framingham Heart Study; Dr. Virgil Brown, professor of medicine at Emory University; Dr. Eugene Braunwald, Brigham and Women's Hospital.



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Chicago: “NOVA; Avoiding The Surgeon's Knife,” 10/21/1991, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 19, 2018, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_D8399C4FDD05427A9D3E79377C680AD2.
MLA: “NOVA; Avoiding The Surgeon's Knife.” 10/21/1991. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 19, 2018. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_D8399C4FDD05427A9D3E79377C680AD2>.
APA: NOVA; Avoiding The Surgeon's Knife. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_D8399C4FDD05427A9D3E79377C680AD2
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