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Matters of Life and Death: Death Unto Himself Alone


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Christopher Brasher investigates the new advances in medicine and the terrifying problems, moral, legal, and economic, which they pose.

Death can come suddenly - in a car crash for instance - or it can come slowly as our bodies grow old and fragile. But nowadays death can be held at bay.
The car crash victim who would have died ten years ago can sometimes be saved. But if it is the brain that is severely damaged should the doctor always strive to save that life? And if he does, what happens to that person when he emerges from hospital? Death from senility can now also be postponed. But do we want to go on living beyond our natural span? Is it death that frightens us - or the prospect of dying? At last a few doctors are specialising in the management of death and their results show that we should not be so afraid.

(The last of three programmes)


Writer/Producer: Christopher Brasher

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Matters of Life and Death: Death Unto Himself Alone

BBC One London, 14 November 1967 22.20

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