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Medstar Television

Works: 86 works in 97 publications in 1 language and 980 library holdings
Genres: Case studies 
Classifications: RC569.5.C55, 362.7
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Most widely held works by Medstar Television
The talking skull ( visu )
4 editions published between 1998 and 2004 in English and held by 119 libraries worldwide
A forensic anthropologist identifies a victim by using facial reconstruction on a skull discovered at a Boy Scout camp in Missouri
Foreign body ( visu )
2 editions published between 1999 and 2003 in English and held by 86 libraries worldwide
Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD), an incurable illness that destroys the human brain, is generally transmitted genetically or through blood transfusions. Cattle share a similar illness called bovine spongiform encephalopathy, also known as mad cow disease. When people with no history of CJD or blood transfusions began contracting the disease, the question arose: could eating tainted beef be the cause? Neurologist Dr. Stanley Prusiner answered the question--and won the Nobel prize--when he discovered the harmless prion and its mutated form, which is the cause of both diseases. This program is a valuable source of information on animal and human encephalopathies, whose spread threatens to become a worldwide epidemic
Dominick Dunne's power privilege and justice ( visu )
3 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 45 libraries worldwide
Dunne will rivet you with his selection of notorious cases that uncover the lowest depths of high society, where corruption collides with justice
The Aging Process ( visu )
1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 41 libraries worldwide
Part of the aging process is inevitable-but only part. This program explains the effects of aging on the human mind and body, explores the "damage" and "cell clock" theories about why cells wear out, and examines the lifestyle habits that affect both longevity and the quality of life; these include exercise, regular checkups for cancer, proper diet, moderate drinking, and no smoking. The program points out that it is never too late to mend one's ways
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Other Drug Use During Pregnancy ( visu )
1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 40 libraries worldwide
Focusing on Native American populations, this program profiles an eight-year-old Apache boy who was born with FAS, showing how alcohol ingested by the mother crosses the placenta and enters the bloodstream of the fetus and describing common birth defects, learning disabilities, mental handicaps, and behavioral problems typically associated with the disorder. The program also examines babies born to cocaine-addicted mothers, illustrating how the drug affects the fetus and explaining that crack babies are at risk for low birth weight, impaired brain growth, and malformed kidneys and genitals
Dying to Be Thin ( visu )
1 edition published in 1994 in English and held by 40 libraries worldwide
This program profiles a young woman obsessed with the desire to be thin. It has taken her four hospitalizations and years of outpatient therapy to help her overcome her problem. Doctors in this program discuss the characteristics of anorexia nervosa and bulimia and identify those most likely to be affected by these disorders. Self-starvation and binging and purging can lead to cardiac problems and a cessation of the menstrual cycle. And although great efforts have been made to educate people about eating disorders, they continue to represent a nationwide problem
Schizophrenia The Voices Within, The Community Without ( visu )
2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 40 libraries worldwide
This program discusses the nature, symptoms, and psychotropic medications used to control hallucinations, paranoia, and other evidences of schizophrenia; it focuses on the deinstitutionalization of patients, explaining the problems of releasing patients with mental disorders into communities with insufficient resources to deal with them
Child abuse ( visu )
2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 39 libraries worldwide
This program deals with the delicate subject of sexually and physically abused children. A therapist who deals with sex offenders describes the common characteristics of offenders; a clinical social worker trained to talk with sexually abused children discusses the effects of abuse on the child and explains how she gets children to re-create what has happened to them by using anatomically correct dolls. The program offers tips on selecting a daycare center. A specialist provides examples of disciplinary problems and offers clues to help identify a physically abused child
Addiction The Family in Crisis ( visu )
1 edition published in 1994 in English and held by 39 libraries worldwide
This concise explanation of alcoholism combines expert commentary with one family's experience. A sober alcoholic, his wife, and their daughter discuss the progression of his alcoholism and its devastating impact on their lives. Experts explain how family members often act as enablers, unintentionally making it easier for the alcoholic to keep drinking. Finally, the program addresses treatment options for alcoholics and sources of support for families
Sexual Assault ( visu )
2 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 38 libraries worldwide
In this program, the hospital's protocol for rape victims is outlined, the importance of a detailed physical exam following a rape is discussed, and the collection kits used by physicians to gather such evidence as samples of hair and traces of semen are described. The program stresses the importance of a rape victim having a counselor with her throughout the emergency room visit. A police department lab technician explains how information can be extracted from hair and other samples, and a rape counselor discusses the need for follow-up care in the treatment of rape-trauma syndrome. The program also focuses on DNA printing, a more accurate method of identification; a molecular biologist discusses the future of DNA printing; and an attorney discusses the danger that information acquired through DNA printing might be misused
The Power of Addiction ( visu )
1 edition published in 1988 in English and held by 37 libraries worldwide
This program covers both chemical and behavioral addiction. It describes the signs of compulsive behavior, and analyzes such possible causes of addictive behavior as neurotransmitter imbalance and genetic and environmental factors. Examining the physiological and psychological mechanisms of chemical addiction, specifically to cocaine, the program profiles several recovered cocaine addicts, discusses several studies of addiction in laboratory rats, and discusses the factors involved in recovering from addiction
Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis ( visu )
1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 36 libraries worldwide
This program distinguishes between the two types of arthritis and describes the nature of the diseases and the treatments: in the case of osteoarthritis, described as a wear-and-tear disease, arthroscopic surgery, cortisone shots and anti-inflammatory medications, and surgical joint replacement; in the case of rheumatoid arthritis, various medications, from aspirin to gold salts and methotrexate, and surgery, including the benefits of early surgical intervention
Forensic files. innocence lost ( visu )
1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 33 libraries worldwide
When people go missing but no one knows what happened, investigators turn to forensic science to help them see what the witnesses missed
Forensic files. death do us part ( visu )
2 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 33 libraries worldwide
12 episodes that deal with crimes of passion
Forensic files. cracking the code ( visu )
1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 31 libraries worldwide
12 episodes that deal with convictions that were overturned and the wrongly convicted set free
The common thread multiple forensics ( visu )
1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 30 libraries worldwide
Ten women are brutally raped and murdered. Tire tracks, hair samples, ATM machine records, red fibers, and the courage of one victim lead to the killer's arrest
Forensic files. outbreaks of terror ( visu )
2 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 30 libraries worldwide
12 episodes that deal with the world of forensic science, profiling intriguing crimes, accidents and outbreaks of disease from around the world
Haunting vision ( visu )
1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 28 libraries worldwide
When Lori Keidel-Romaneck was five, she secretly witnessed her father burying her mother, Dianne, in a backyard grave, but was too frightened to tell the police until 29 years later. In this program, a police detective, a geophysicist from Necro Search International, a nonprofit investigation group, and a forensic anthropologist use ground-penetrating radar to locate the fossilized skeleton of Dianne Keidel which had been hidden beneath a huge slab of concrete. Shows how a photographic overlay of Dianne's face and skull were used to identify the remains to within a 99.9 percent certainty
Forensic files. deadly drinks and drugs ( visu )
1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 27 libraries worldwide
12 episodes that deal with murder through poisoning
Forensic files. victims of the heartless ( visu )
1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 20 libraries worldwide
Victims of these horrible crimes are able to get a bit of justice through the convictions of their assaulters
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