Season 16, Episode 1 Pioneers of Surgery: A Brutal Craft

First Aired: September 6, 1988

A four-part study of surgery. Part 1 examines development of anesthesia; the use of carbolic acid as an antiseptic; and the practice of sterilizing medical garb and instruments.

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  • Premiered: March 3, 1974
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  • Premise: PBS's premier science-documentary series, which has won six Peabody Awards and more than 20 Emmys (four in 2002 alone) since its 1974 debut. `Nova' clearly, and often engagingly, `demystifies' a vast range of science, technology and history topics---past a… (more)

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