NOVA : Brain Transplant (1992)

Genres - Science & Technology  |   Sub-Genres - Biological Sciences, Illnesses & Disabilities, Medicine, Social Issues  |   Run Time - 60 min.  |   Countries - United States   |  
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Brain Transplant is a continuation of the 1986 Nova presentation The Case of the Frozen Addict. In the earlier film, drug users were stricken with a strange illness and became paralyzed or "frozen." No one could explain the Parkinson's-like symptoms of the malady, until doctors traced it to a contaminated batch of synthetic heroin. In this update, Nova follows two afflicted addicts to Sweden where they receive treatment unavailable in the U.S. Other treatments are discussed, including L-dopa and adrenal cell transplants. The ethics of fetal tissue research are also debated.

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addiction, brain-transplant, drugs, medicine