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NOVA; Pioneers Of Surgery: Into the Heart


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Pioneers Of Surgery: Into the Heart
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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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Explores the long road to the miracle of open-heart surgery. Once unthinkable, open-heart surgery is now an everyday miracle. NOVA looks at the brave doctors and patients who make it possible. Other episodes: Brutal Craft, The (#1511); New Organs for Old (#1513); Beyond the Knife (#1514).



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Chicago: “NOVA; Pioneers Of Surgery: Into the Heart,” 07/22/1988, GBH Archives, accessed April 23, 2021,
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