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The Courage to Fail


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The Pioneers of Modern Surgery in five parts Doers Not Thinkers
By the early 1970s, surgeons were riding the crest of a wave. But controversy and uncertainty surrounded one of the commonest operations in the surgeons' repertoire: radical mastectomy - the standard treatment for breast cancer.
Breast cancer is the major cause of death in women over 40. Yet from the 1920s onwards, evidence piled up which suggested that radical mastectomy did not cure the disease and that smaller, less disfiguring operations would work just as well. But for decades, surgeons seemed determined to ignore it....
Narrated by Alexander John Film editor JAMIE HAY
Written and produced by SUSAN SPINDLER and BARBARA COSTA Series producer JON PALFREMAN


Unknown: Alexander John
Produced By: Susan Spindler
Producer: Jon Palfreman

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