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Podcast: The Long Tail, the Lottery and “Being Mortal”

Go inside the making of “Being Mortal” with FRONTLINE filmmaker Tom Jennings and author and surgeon Dr. Atul Gawande.

Coming in March on FRONTLINE

FRONTLINE investigates two heated battles in March: the fight against ISIS, and the resurgent vaccine debate.

Love and Cancer at 27

Allen Chou was just 27 when he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. His girlfriend, Linda Sim, was 25. This is what they did when his prognosis took a bad turn.

UCLA Superbug Infection Linked to 2 Deaths; 179 Potentially Infected

Contaminated medical scopes at a UCLA medical center may have exposed up to 179 people to a potentially deadly superbug.

A Very Short History of Death

Is there any such thing as a good death? It’s a question that got Christopher Woolf, resident “history guy” at Public Radio International’s “The World” thinking.

“It’s Very Hard to Come to the Realization That You’re Dying”

Clyde Earle, who had been battling advanced cancer for a year, came to the ER complaining of pain. He and his wife Audrey thought he had many more months to live.

Prolonging Life or Prolonging Death? Two Doctors on Caring for the Critically Sick

For doctors, there are rarely easy decisions to be made when it comes to the care of someone who is critically ill.

Here’s #WhatMattersMost to You

With the premiere of “Being Mortal,” we asked you to share your thoughts and pictures about #WhatMattersMost. Here are some of the responses we received.

How Would You Spend Your Last Days? Live Chat 3 p.m. ET on Thursday, 2/12

Join FRONTLINE producer Tom Jennings and Kaiser Health News correspondent Jenny Gold for a conversation about end-of-life care, honesty and mortality.

What Matters Most to You in the End?

We want to hear from you: What would you do if your time became short?

Dr. Atul Gawande: “Hope is Not a Plan” When Doctors, Patients Talk Death

“We are literally inflicting therapies on people that shorten their lives and increase their suffering due to an inability to come to good decisions,” says the renowned surgeon and author.

Facing Mortality: How to Talk to Your Doctor

There is no rigid structure or checklist for having difficult conversations about end-of-life care. FRONTLINE asked experts in palliative care and organizations dedicated to helping patients have “the conversation” how to go about it.

“As Real as It Gets”: Inside the Making of “Being Mortal”

Tom Jennings is no stranger to telling complicated and emotional stories on film, but making “Being Mortal” presented some unique challenges.

A Link Across Generations

The prolonged dying process of his own father was one of the catalysts for Dr. Atul Gawande to better understand end-of-life care.

Why Is It So Hard for Doctors to Talk to Patients About Death?

When a young mother was terminally ill, Dr. Atul Gawande offered advice to give her family hope. In “Being Mortal,” he says he now regrets it.

CDC Urges Measles Vaccinations as Number of Cases Exceeds 100

Director Dr. Thomas Frieden blamed a lack of vaccinations for the resurgence of a disease that the CDC said was eliminated in the U.S. in 2000.

Obama Budget Would Double Federal Spending to Fight Superbugs

Drug-resistant bacteria infect an estimated 2 million Americans, claiming about 23,000 lives each year.

Exclusive Video: Where the Ebola Outbreak Began

When a 1-year-old boy named Emile came down with a mysterious illness in late December 2013, the village of Meliandou, Guinea, reacted with terror and confusion.

New Report Details the Economic Costs of Superbug Threat

Drug-resistant infections could cost 10 million deaths annually and up to $100 trillion by 2050, an economist projects.

Superbugs Killing Thousands of Newborns in India

A new study says 58,000 Indian infants died last year from antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Senators Ask FDA to Track Antibiotic Use on Farms

The request comes after FRONTLINE investigated whether the widespread use of antibiotics on farms helps create infections that kill 20,000 people each year.

Watch “Ebola Outbreak” With the Filmmaker

The film is streaming online with a live chat room where filmmaker Wael Dabbous will take your questions

WHO Report: TB Epidemic “Even Bigger Than We Thought”

Treatment for drug resistant TB hasn’t kept pace, and some nations are facing epidemics.

How Should Doctors Help Terminally Ill Patients Prepare for Death?

“You don’t have to spend much time with the elderly or those with terminal illness to see, over and over and over again, how medicine fails the people it is supposed to help,” says renowned surgeon and author Dr. Atul Gawande.

Representatives Push for Travel Ban at Ebola Hearing

Following the death of the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S., members of Congress questioned officials from several government agencies about the U.S. response to the disease.

How Congress Has Tried to Regulate Antibiotic Use in Animals

It’s not just the current Congress. For more than a decade, almost every proposed bill has failed.

What is the FDA Doing About the Problem?

For nearly 40 years, the FDA has struggled to rein in the use of antibiotics on America’s farms. Now, it’s trying a new approach.


Apr. 3, 2007

So Much So Fast

(90 minutes) <i>So Much So Fast</i> follows a family's passionate, acerbic, and relentlessly hopeful reaction as ALS transforms their lives. (Web site »)
Apr. 8, 2004

Diet Wars

(60 minutes) FRONTLINE's reporter takes a personal journey into the great diet debate and the new public health crisis -- obesity. (Web site »)
Nov. 13, 2003

Dangerous Prescription

(60 minutes) Why have so many drugs been withdrawn from the market for safety reasons? Investigating the FDA and drug safety. (Web site »)
Nov. 6, 2003

The Alternative Fix

(60 minutes) A $48 billion industry, alternative medicine has entered the mainstream. It's good business. But is it good medicine? (Web site »)
Jun. 19, 2003

The Other Drug War

(60 minutes) Why are prescription drug prices so high? The battle between U.S. consumers and the drug industry. (Web site »)
Apr. 18, 2002

Modern Meat

(60 minutes) A recent study by the Centers for Disease Control found that a single fast-food hamburger contained beef from more than 100 cows. In the last few decades, American meat production has become a highly mechanized and centralized industry, bringing about significant changes not only in the way meat is produced but also in the way Americans eat. These changes have forced the U.S. Department of Agriculture to institute a new meat inspection process, which gives far greater control to the powerful meat industry. This spring, FRONTLINE investigates the modern meat industry and the safety of our current meat supply. <br> (Web site »)
Apr. 24, 2001

Harvest of Fear

(120 minutes) A gene from a jellyfish is placed in a potato plant, making it light up whenever it needs watering. Rice plants are genetically transformed to produce vitamin A, preventing millions of African children from going blind. Plants are modified to produce plastic or pharmaceuticals. These are just a few of the touted benefits of genetically modified agriculture - the use of genetic engineering to alter crops for the benefit of mankind. But while proponents say this new technology has the potential to end world hunger and dramatically improve the quality of life of billions of people, others argue it constitutes the biggest threat to humanity since nuclear energy. Dubbing such genetically altered products "Frankenfoods," critics argue that the technology has been rushed to market. Scientists, they claim, are tampering with nature, risking potentially catastrophic and irreversible ecological disaster. The controversy has led Europe to ban the planting of genetically modified crops and to demand that all existing "GM" products be labeled. Will America follow suit? This FRONTLINE/NOVA special report examines the growing controversy over genetically modified foods.<br> (Web site »)
Mar. 27, 2001

Organ Farm

(120 minutes) Imagine a world where every patient who needed an organ transplant could receive one right away. Such a future is promised by xenotransplantation, the experimental process of transplanting genetically modified pig cells and organs into humans. But while a scientific breakthrough in cross-species transplants could offer hope to millions of desperately ill patients, such procedures could introduce new infectious agents into the human population, posing a public health risk to millions. Do the benefits of xenotransplantation outweigh the still-unknown dangers? FRONTLINE presents a rare inside look at the multi-billion dollar xenotransplantation industry, including a secret transgenic pig organ farm somewhere in North America. FRONTLINE presents extraordinary cutting-edge footage of the organs being developed and an unprecedented glimpse into a bio-secure, air-locked barrier world where science fiction may soon become science fact. (Web site »)
Apr. 18, 2000

What's Up With the Weather?

(120 minutes) Since the late 1980s, rising temperatures and dramatic weather-from heat waves and hurricanes to melting glaciers-have fueled a global political and scientific debate about whether life on earth is imperiled by human-caused global warming. NOVA and FRONTLINE join forces to examine what climatologists really know about the greenhouse effect. What is the connection between rising levels of carbon dioxide and rising temperatures? And what will the real impact of global warming be? The program examines the enormous difficulty in reducing the levels of greenhouse gases in a highly technological world economy and explores the political struggle between environmentalists and industrialists, between rich and poor countries, to grapple with what promises to be the most perplexing issue of the twenty-first century. (Web site »)
Apr. 4, 2000

Dr Solomon's Dilemma

(60 minutes) In the 1990s, cost-cutting HMOs were reviled as the enemy of doctors and patients. After fighting to regain control of the medical process, doctors are now struggling to manage tough financial decisions as well as patient care. On a daily basis, doctors find themselves faced with the often excruciating responsibility of balancing quality care against their own bottom line. FRONTLINE correspondent Hedrick Smith goes inside one of Harvard Medical Schools premier teaching hospitals and discovers Dr. Martin Solomon, a highly rated primary care physician, embroiled in the most bitter conflict of his career. He and his colleagues battle with each other over cutting costs, worry about the impact of red ink on their own income, and fear the struggle between care and costs will not only damage quality but will ultimately tear apart the trust between doctors and patients. (Web site »)
Jun. 1, 1999

Making Babies

(60 minutes) FRONTLINE examines the revolution in reproduction and the entrepreneurial atmosphere that imbues the practice of infertility medicine today. On the cusp of a new millennium, we can now visit the Internet and shop for sperm and egg donors. Before long, cloning could do away with the need for sperm altogether. The film looks at how these new technologies hold great promise, but usher in pressing questions regarding the very meaning of family.<br><br>The web site will offer readings and interviews with major thinkers on the moral, philosophical and societal issues surrounding the extraordinary advances in reproductive medicine; present explanations/diagrams of some of the newest medical breakthroughs; and offer a selection of the most noteworthy readings and resources on infertility. (Web site »)
Nov. 3, 1998


(60 minutes) Despite the appeals of the multi-billion dollar diet and exercise industries, the United States is getting fatter. The media bombards us with images of thin models exuding the message that to be thin is to be beautiful. But for many of us, being thin is a difficult, if not impossible, achievement. FRONTLINE examines how the diet industry is contributing to our frustration over unwanted pounds and asks if one can be healthy, fit, beautifuland fat. (Web site »)
Oct. 13, 1998

Plague War

(60 minutes) Today, there are at least ten nations in the world with the ability to produce biological weapons. Cheap and now technologically possible to produce and refine into weapons of mass destruction, biological warfare has the potential to do as much damage to civilian populations as nuclear weapons. FRONTLINE presents new evidence culled from scientists, intelligence agencies, and policymakers to examine the threat biological warfare poses to world security and the responses the U.S. is frantically developing. (Web site »)
Jun. 2, 1998

Fooling With Nature

(60 minutes) FRONTLINE examines new evidence in the controversy over the danger of manmade chemicals to human health and the environment, thirty-five years after Rachel Carson first raised concerns of an impending ecological crisis. Currently, millions in research and public relations dollars are being spent in the battle, and President Clinton is calling this one of his top environmental priorities. The film takes viewers inside the world of scientists, politicians, activists, and business officials embroiled in this high-stakes debate that threatens the multibillion dollar chemical industry. (Web site »)
Apr. 14, 1998

The High Price of Health

(60 minutes) Today, providing health care is a profit-driven enterprise which is subject to the forces of the marketplace and operated by administrators with their eyes on the bottom line. But has too much of the decision-making power been taken away from the doctors, nurses, and patients? FRONTLINE looks at how in the wake of a failed attempt by the Clinton administration to provide universal health care for every American, the industry has undergone a dramatic transformation. The film examines the changing health-care industry through an in-depth look at how California and Massachusetts hospitals are coping with this health-care revolution. (Web site »)
Jan. 20, 1998

Last Battle of the Gulf War

(60 minutes) In the years following the return home of the last U.S. troops who participated in ground war in the Persian Gulf, attention has turned from the historic victory to a strange new sickness the press has dubbed Gulf War Syndrome. But while many veterans believe something in the Gulf made them ill, scientists argue Gulf War veterans are not dying or being hospitalized at a higher-than-average rate. FRONTLINE tells the story of how Gulf War Syndrome came into existence, examining the psychology of war, the politics of veterans affairs, and the roles of the media and the biomedical research community. (Web site »)
Apr. 22, 1997

Nuclear Reaction

(60 minutes) Since 1978, no new nuclear power stations have been commissioned in the United States. Americans, once enthusiastic about nuclear power, now consider it one of the most serious risks to human life and health. But the American people's aversion to nuclear power has perplexed many nuclear scientists who believe it poses only trivial risks to the public. FRONTLINE correspondent and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Richard Rhodes looks at what has derailed nuclear power in the United States and at the differing national attitudes toward nuclear power. (Web site »)
May. 14, 1996

The Kevorkian Verdict

(60 minutes) As Dr. Jack Kevorkian faces his third criminal trial for assisting in the suicide of his desperate patients, FRONTLINE examines the improbable saga of 'Dr. Death' and assesses how quickly the Michigan pathologist seized center stage in the intricate and emotional debate over physician-assisted suicide and what role he played in changing how America thinks about the end of life. (Web site »)
Feb. 27, 1996

Breast Implants on Trial

(90 minutes) More than 400,000 women are part of a proposed global settlement against U.S. breast-implant manufacturers in the largest lawsuit in history. Many claim they have contracted a wide range of silicone-related diseases, but recent medical studies conducted by the nation's premier researchers have failed to find any evidence that silicone breast implants are dangerous. As Congress actively examines the powers of the FDA and the possibilities of tort reform, FRONTLINE looks at the enormous stakes involved in the clash between biomedical science and the nation's most powerful litigators. (Web site »)
Oct. 24, 1995

The Search for Satan

(60 minutes) FRONTLINE untangles the mysterious web of satanic ritual abuse, psychiatric treatment, and insurance claims that escalated into millions of dollars. Were these professed victims of secret satanic cults really helped by the psychiatric care they received?
Jun. 13, 1995

Currents of Fear

(60 minutes) Adrian Dedinger, who grew up across the street from an electric tower, became convinced of the dangers of electromagnetic fields after she and her family were diagnosed with multiple cancers and health disorders. She and other residents in Omaha, Nebraska, joined together when they discovered a high incidence of cancer in their neighborhood--all clustered close to power lines and an electric substation. Do the magnetic fields associated with electric power lines cause cancer? Are the cancers in Omaha due to the substation or simply to chance? FRONTLINE talks to people on both sides of the power line debate--concerned citizens and parents, journalists, physicists, biologists, and epidemiologists--examines the scientific data and explores the role politics plays in what information gains public attention and in funding studies on this issue.
Jun. 6, 1995

Welcome to Happy Valley

(60 minutes) Prozac is the most prescribed antidepressant drug in America. FRONTLINE travels to the prozac capital of the world, Wenatchee, Washington, and talks to the 'Pied Piper of Prozac,' Dr. Jim Goodwin, a clinical psychologist who says Prozac is 'probably less toxic than salt' and has had it prescribed for all his seven hundred patients. Psychiatrist Peter Breggin and members of the Prozac Survivors Support Group, however, question the use of the drug.
Apr. 11, 1995

Divided Memories Part 2

(120 minutes) Part 2 looks at the effects that remembered abuse has had on the families involved and explores how we distinguish real memories from those which are not true. 'We know that sexual abuse is a real problem,' says Bikel. 'But when the memories are not real, what makes the 'victim' so ready to believe they are? What cultural forces have made the explanation of sexual abuse so easy to accept?'
Apr. 4, 1995

Divided Memories Part 1

(120 minutes) Today, a raging debate over the validity of repressed memory about sexual abuse divides the therapeutic community, the women's movement, and thousands of accusers and accused. In 'Divided Memories,' producer Ofra Bikel examines the complicated issue of repressed memory, looking at what we know about memory and the way it works. Tracing the repression debate back to Sigmund Freud, Part 1 examines the different kinds of therapies used to help patients remember, including age-regression therapy, past-life therapy, and hypnosis.
Jan. 3, 1995

The Nicotine War

(60 minutes) FRONTLINE tells the story of Food and Drug Administration chief David Kessler's bold attempt to regulate tobacco--an industry which has defied regulation for more than thirty years. The program details Kessler's efforts to prove that manufacturers have been manipulating nicotine in cigarettes to keep smokers hooked and examines how this mission may be in jeopardy because of the Republican landslide in Congress.
Apr. 5, 1994

The Kevorkian File

(60 minutes) Just a few years ago, nobody had ever heard of Jack Kevorkian. Today, he is the most famous doctor in America--and the most controversial. Kevorkian is celebrated by his supporters as a merciful angel of death, the only man courageous enough to publicly step forward to help those suffering needlessly at the end of life--the champion of a new civil-rights issue. To his opponents, Kevorkian is Dr. Death, a discredited pathologist whose obsession with death has led him to kill patients who are not yet at the end of their lives; a man who is trying to push America into a nightmarish future of death on demand. Who is the real Jack Kevorkian? FRONTLINE presents an in-depth examination Jack Kevorkian's record--exploring the man, his cases, and the issue he has come to personify.
Jan. 18, 1994

A Place for Madness

(60 minutes) In the last quarter century, many of the mentally ill in this country were discharged from hopitals with no coherent provision for follow-up care. The hundreds of thousands wandering the streets evoke our compassion, stir our conscience, and, for those mentally ill who are violent, test our definition of individual rights and liberties. FRONTLINE examines the troubling conflict between protecting the rights of the mentally ill to live outside of the mental hospitals and safeguarding society from those who are dangerous to themselves and to others. To explore this dilemma, the program focuses on the community of Northampton, Massachusetts, and the personal stories of one family, several mentally ill residents, and the lawyers, psychiatrists, and care givers who deal with the mentally ill on a daily basis.
Nov. 30, 1993

AIDS, Blood and Politics

(60 minutes) Since the outbreak of AIDS more than a decade ago, an estimated 30,000 Americans have become infected after receiving HIV-contaminated blood or blood products. FRONTLINE,in association with The Health Quarterly, investigates the ten-year history of AIDS and the blood supply. Airing on the eve of World AIDS Day, the program asks why the nation's guarantors of safe blood, including the American Red Cross and the Food and Drug Administration, failed to safeguard the blood supply from the deadly virus in the early 1980s, and why, still today, some of the nation's largest blood banks are not yet in full compliance with federal regulations on blood safety.
Oct. 19, 1993

Prisoners of Silence

(60 minutes) Facilitated communication (FC) has been heralded as a breakthrough technique for nonverbal people with autism. The method uses a helper to control the involuntary movements of an autistic person's hand, allowing that person to type his or her thoughts on a keyboard. Thousands of people have begun using FC, often to communicate major life decisions like the desire to go to college or to move to a new home. But many scientists reject FC as simply not real and believe that it is the facilitator who is unknowingly controlling the hand of the autistic individual. FRONTLINE presents a comprehensive investigation of this controversial technique, interviewing the leaders of the FC movement, scientists, facilitators, and parents of autistic children and raises tough questions about the implications of its use for people with autism and their families.
May. 25, 1993

The Health Care Gamble

(60 minutes) Frontline, in association with The Health Quarterly, presents a behind-the-scenes report on Bill Clinton's savvy campaigning and hard bargaining for health care reform during his bid for the presidency. The program details Clinton's difficulties in transforming health care reform from a campaign issue to a social reality.
Mar. 30, 1993

In Our Children's Food

(60 minutes) Frontline traces the 30 year history of US pesticide use, regulation and scientific study and explores what is and is not known about the risks of agricultural chemicals in our food. The program, reported by Bill Moyers, examines how the government has failed to certify pesticide safety and why the only source of data on the safety of pesticides is the industry that profits from them.
Mar. 23, 1993

Choosing Death: Health Quarterly Special

(120 minutes) In the Netherlands, euthanasia has been openly practiced for twenty years. Through the personal accounts of doctors, patients, and families in Holland, this program explores the complexities and dilemmas of euthanasia. Anchored by veteran newsman Roger Mudd and co-produced by The Health Quarterly and Frontline, the documentary is interspersed with a studio discussion relating the Dutch experience to the euthanasia debate in the United States.
Mar. 24, 1992

The Death of Nancy Cruzan

(90 minutes) In 1984, a near-fatal automobile accident left Nancy Cruzan in a 'persistent vegetative state.' To permit the removal of Nancy's life support, the Cruzan family waged a three-and-a-half year legal battle which became the first right-to-die case heard by the US Supreme Court. Frontline follows the family's agonizing journey and chronicles their final days with Nancy.
Nov. 12, 1991

My Doctor, My Lover

(90 minutes) Dr. Jason Richter, a psychiatrist, had a sexual affair with his patient Melissa Roberts-Henry. She later sued him for sexual abuse. Frontline examines the history of this patient-therapist relationship, the legal battle that followed, and how the psychiatric establishment dealt with the case. The program details the case history, drawing from videotaped portions of the trial, interviews with Roberts-Henry, Richter, attorneys, and experts.
Oct. 30, 1990

Broken Minds

(60 minutes) Three million Americans are thought to be schizophrenic. As medical science searches to find its cause, society struggles to understand a crippling disease that has shattered families and left tens of thousands on the nation's streets.
Apr. 3, 1990

Born in Africa

(90 minutes) Philly Bongoley Lutaaya was a celebrated singer.musician from Uganda who died of AIDS in December 1989. But he died a national hero because he gave his nation new hope in battling the devastation of the disease. This Frontline.AIDS Quarterly special, narrated by Peter Jennings, chronicles Philly Lutaaya's remarkable last year of life as he travelled across Uganda in a crusade to help stop the spread of AIDS, even as the disease ravaged his body.
Dec. 13, 1989

The Right to Die?

(120 minutes) Frontline and Fred Friendly's Media and Society series join forces to examine the complex legal and moral issues involved in the US Supreme Court's first right-to-die case, Cruzan vs. Harmon. The broadcast features exclusive coverage of the Cruzan family's legal struggle to remove their daughter Nancy from the life-support system that keeps her alive and explores the issues with the Cruzan's attorney as well as leading ethicists, jurists, and Supreme Court watchers.
May. 23, 1989

Babies at Risk

(60 minutes) The infant mortality rate in some Chicago neighborhoods is higher than that of many third-world countries. Frontline investigates the political and bureaucratic neglect which fuels this crisis and examines how health and social workers combat the conditions that imperil the lives of poor infants.
May. 2, 1989

Extraordinary People

(60 minutes) Over 25 years ago, scores of Canadian women gave birth to badly malformed children because of a prescription drug called thalidomide. This program, anchored and narrated by Judy Woodruff, profiles the heroic struggle of 3 thalidomide children who overcame their handicaps despite government neglect and inadequate rehabilitative solutions.
Mar. 28, 1989

Prescriptions for Profit

(60 minutes) Frontline reporter Joe Rosenbloom investigates abuses in the fiercely competitive marketing and promotion of prescription drugs by the pharmaceutical manufacturers. The program explores the dangers of hype and hard sell applied to widely prescribed arthritis medications and how the industry tries to influence the prescribing habits of doctors.
Jun. 7, 1988

Who Pays for AIDS?

(60 minutes) By 1991, health care for AIDS patients in the United States could cost an estimated $16 to $22 billion. Caring for AIDS victims is overwhelming some communities. Frontline examines the impact on patients caught in the middle of a battle between local governments and Washington over who will pay for AIDS.
Mar. 1, 1988

Let My Daughter Die

(60 minutes) Joe and Joyce Cruzan want doctors to remove their severely brain damaged daughter from the life-support system that keeps her alive. Nearly two years before it became the US Supreme Court's first right-to-die case, Frontline explored the complex legal and moral issues of this Missouri couple's battle to allow their daughter to die.
May. 27, 1986

A Matter of the Mind

(60 minutes) Millions of Americans are mentally ill. They live in a world that is fragile and often frightening. Inside a halfway house in St. Paul, Minesota, Frontline examines mental illness from the point of view of those who struggle with it as they fight their psychological demons and confront the social stigma of their disease.
Mar. 25, 1986

AIDS: A National Inquiry

(120 minutes) Fabian Bridges, a homosexual prostitute, bragged he had sex with six partners a night and refused to stop even though he knew he had AIDS. In a special broadcast, Frontline first follows Bridges' tragic journey across the US and later, a panel of national experts, led by Harvard Law School professor Charles Nesson, discuss how Americans should respond to this urgent public health issue.
Jan. 28, 1986

Sue the Doctor?

(60 minutes) For many doctors, practicing medicine has become a nightmare. Today, one out of every six American doctors faces a malpractice suit. Frontline takes an inside look at the fierce battle developing between doctors and lawyers over medical malpractice suits.
Nov. 20, 1984

Better Off Dead?

(60 minutes) Frontline goes inside the hospitals where every day doctors, lawyers, and parents face the agonizing choice: how far do we go with medical treatment for infants born so physically and mentally damaged that they have no hope of leading normal lives? Several intimate case histories are examined, as are the politics of recent legal decisions and government rules relating to the medical care for critically ill babies.
Jun. 18, 1984

Man's Best Friends

(60 minutes) Frontline examines the ethical arguments over the use of animal testing in American laboratories, hospitals, and medical schools. Some animal rights groups have even broken into labs to steal research animals. But many scientists say that eliminating or severely restricting animal testing means an end to medical progress.
Jan. 16, 1984

Crisis at General Hospital

(60 minutes) Most Americans regard health care as a social responsibility undertaken for the common good. We assume government and charity programs will allow for everyone with serious health problems-no matter how poor-to be provided treatment. Frontline examines how many investor-owned, for-profit hospital chains are aggressively marketing themselves to treat only the insured, or wealthy patient.
Apr. 18, 1983

Abortion Clinic

(60 minutes) Two decades later, this remains one of the most powerful stories FRONTLINE has ever told. (Web site »)



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