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Bodywatch; Doctors Are People Too


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Doctors Are People Too
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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

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In its second season premier program, BODYWATCH profiles doctors under stress, including series host Dr. James H. "Red" Duke, Jr., unconventional professor of surgery at the University of Texas Medical Center at Houston. BODYWATCH follows Duke through a typical grueling day as a trauma surgeon at Houston's Hermann Hospital while he candidly discusses how he believes long work days, malpractice suits, high patient expectations and family pressures contribute to physician burn-out. The program also profiles Washington, DC physician David Helfiker, who talks about why a transfer from "idyllic" rural Minnesota clinic to an inner-city clinic ironically made his life as a doctor less pressured.



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