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NOVA; Trial of Denton Cooley, The

Approximate date: 1978

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Trial of Denton Cooley, 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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In a dramatic docudrama, NOVA reconstructs the controversial lawsuit raised against renowned heart surgeon Dr. Denton Cooley when one of his patients died after a heart transplant, and examines the legal and moral issues this raises in the practice of modern medicine.



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Gladstone, Francis (Producer)
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APA: NOVA; Trial of Denton Cooley, The. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_F1A69C8149FA4606BA1E27ADB60F435F
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