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The Incredible Human Machine [electronic resource]

National Geographic Television & Film
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
The metaphor of the body as machine has helped generations of students make sense of the intricacies of human anatomy and physiology. This program-a complete update of the classic documentary by the same name, which in 1975 nearly won an Academy Award-covers topics ranging from the function of major systems, to the interplay between brain and body, to the operation of the senses. In addition, the program is punctuated with human dramas of restored sight, of Nobel prize-winning research, and of removing a cancerous brain tumor to humanize and further dramatize the science. Stunning footage and first-rate storytelling.
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96 min.
  • Encoded with permission for digital streaming by Films Media Group on Dec. 22, 2009.
  • Films on Demand is distributed by Films Media Group for Films for the Humanities & Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.
  • Skin: Protective Armor (6:58)
  • Eyes: Windows to Our Souls (6:22)
  • Ears: Our Incredible Level (4:29)
  • Human Voice (6:49)
  • Breathing: The Essence of Smell (4:17)
  • Heartbeat: Vital Pump (4:14)
  • Human Plumbing: Pumping Blood (6:47)
  • Digestive System: Energy for the Body (5:23)
  • Muscles: Human Engines (6:20)
  • Nerves: Electric Cables (4:03)
  • Bones: Human Infrastructure (10:07)
  • Sexual Reproduction (8:22)
  • Brains: Human Computer (18:52)
New York, N.Y. : Films Media Group, [2009], c2007.
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40765 Films Media Group
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1 streaming video file (96 min.) : sd., col., digital file.
Mode of access: Internet.
System requirements: FOD playback platform.
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