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NOVA; Survivor MD: The Tattooed Doctor


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Survivor MD: The Tattooed Doctor
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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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Tattooed Doctor, a chronicle of the contemporary life of Tom Tarter, a Harley-riding, skeet-shooting, tattooed Indiana emergency room doctor. Next month, Second Opinions (4/3) and Hearts and Minds In addition to sporting impressive body art, Tom Tarter rides a classic Harley-Davidson motorcycle and shoots skeet from his home near Bloomington, Indiana, where he is an emergency room physician at Bloomington Hospital. A native of Bronx, New York, Tarter started medical school at the relatively advanced age of 31. On the nights that NOVA films, his ER patients include a woman who lost the tip of her finger in a mysterious accident, another woman who fell out of a moving car and a gravely ill man with end-stage liver cirrhosis.



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