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Medical Mavericks: The History Of Self-Experimentation--Diet & Disease

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The maxim "You are what you eat" could have originated with a few hungry self-experimenters who proved that nutrition is critical to good health. One of the most prominent of these scientists was Dr. Joseph Goldberger, an early-20th-century researcher who ate the feces and scabs from patients with pellagra in his quest to prove it was not infectious. Viewers will learn how, when the medical establishment ignored his findings, Goldberger went on to inject himself and his devoted wife with the blood of a woman dying with pellagra in order to make his point and establish diet as a critical factor in health and medical care. Accessibility options on the DVD are: (1) audio description, (2) English subtitles in a black box.

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Medical Mavericks: The History of Self-Experimentation
Episode 1
50 minutes
Grade Level: 9 - 12
Medical Mavericks: The History of Self-Experimentation
Episode 2
50 minutes
Grade Level: 9 - 12
Medical Mavericks: The History of Self-Experimentation
Episode 3
50 minutes
Grade Level: 9 - 12
Medical Mavericks: The History of Self-Experimentation
Episode 4
50 minutes
Grade Level: 9 - 12