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Facing Death [electronic resource]

How far would you go to sustain the life of someone you love, or your own? When the moment comes, and you're confronted with the prospect of "pulling the plug," do you know how you'll respond? Unfounded rumors of federal "death panels" grabbed headlines last summer, but the real decisions of how we die - the questions that most of us prefer to put off - are being made quietly behind closed doors, increasingly on the floors of America's intensive care units. In this film, FRONTLINE gains access to the ICU of one of New York's biggest hospitals to examine the complicated reality of today's modern, medicalized death. Here, we find doctors and nurses struggling to guide families through the maze of end-of-life choices they now confront: whether to pull feeding and breathing tubes, when t [...]

Amish vs. The Courts-Family Speaks Out on Fleeing the U.S. To Escape Court-Mandated Chemo

For nearly a year, 11-year-old Sarah Hershberger simultaneously battled cancer and a court case. Diagnosed with lymphoblastic lymphoma, a rare cancer, she started chemotherapy but her parents discontinued treatment after side effects took a serious toll. Akron Children's Hospital was not open to discussing alternative or supplemental treatments, and officials there expressed concern that Sarah would die if she discontinued treatment. The hospital eventually went on the offensive, taking the family, who are Amish, to court. Amish law precludes formal interview settings, but the Hershbergers spoke with filmmakers at length about Sarah's case and allowed audio recordings to be paired with film of the family.
2015; 2014

In the End [electronic resource]: A Medical Dilemma

"An Australian intensive care doctor explores moral and ethical questions about ongoing life-support for our elderly. Over the past decade hospital intensive care wards in Australia have been filling up with elderly patients in their 80s, and 90s with no realistic chance of recovery. Fuelled by hope and the belief that modern medicine will allow our lives to go on forever, are we failing to manage the passage between life and death? This film examines a modern day medical dilemma of our own making by following Geelong Hospital senior intensive care doctor Charlie Corke who asks some of the most pressing and difficult questions facing modern medicine."--Website.

Taking the Pulse: Health and Medicine

Health care in the United States has reached a crisis point, despite advances in medicine and technology. Examine issues of alternative medical treatments and ethical questions including right-to-die.
2015; 2005

Designer Babies and Gene Robbery

Want the perfect baby? Now you have to cross your fingers and hope for the best. But imagine if you could go down to the local baby clinic and max out your credit card. You could ensure your child was beautiful and intelligent. You could even guarantee they would never become an alcoholic. It may sound farfetched but the groundwork is already in place. But what are the dangers of tinkering with our genetic makeup? Who owns human genes and should they be allowed to sell them to the highest bidder? This eye opening film explores the conflict between private commerce and public health.
2016; 2006

Medicine and Children [electronic resource]

Because children's bodies differ from adults, adult medical tests do not tell us how medicines will affect children or what dosages are necessary. Pediatricians often lack adequate information. This film explains the move in recent decades toward testing medicines in children, the ethical questions involved, and shows us how the process works.