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Skin: Endurance Swimmer (09:07)


Skin includes epidermis, dermis, and hypodermis layers; in cold conditions, blood is diverted to insulate organs. Lynne Cox is uniquely adapted to endure frigid waters; she discusses her experience swimming the first Antarctic mile.

Skin: Burn Patient (06:11)

Six-year-old Jenny experienced life-threatening third-degree burns over 80% of her body. Her identical twin sister donated skin for grafts; her quick recovery was aided by special lotions, massages, and pressure suits.

Lungs: Mountain Climber (06:26)

Altitude sickness symptoms range from headache to potentially fatal cerebral edema. Ed Viesturs can climb Mount Everest without breathing supplemental oxygen; his lungs have 32% more capacity than is normal.

Lungs: Heart Stopping Surgery (07:21)

Before removing the scar tissue choking the flow to her lungs, doctors lowered Pam Peterson's core temperature and drained her blood; she was legally dead through most of the procedure. She was restored and made a full recovery.

Muscles: Strongest Man (07:12)

Phil Pfister lifts four times his body weight; his workouts push his anaerobic threshold. Skeletal muscles are slow twitch or fast twitch; sport scientists find that high speed and strength athletes have higher ratios of fast twitch types.

Brain: Tourette's Syndrome (06:54)

Jeff Matovic’s brain sent his muscles the wrong signals, causing them to react with uncontrollable tics and spasms. He had a successful and experimental surgery wherein doctors implanted electrodes in his brain to override the misfires.

Credits: Body Fantastic (00:22)

Credits: Body Fantastic

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Body Fantastic

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The Body Fantastic is a one-hour special that celebrates the most amazing machine on earth—the human body. The program will feature individuals who exemplify the highest achievement in the body's abilities. Through their profiles, interviews with physiologists and medical experts, and graphics showing how the internal body works, we will learn amazing facts about the body we inhabit, how to keep it functioning at peak capacity, and what feats we can accomplish with it.

Length: 45 minutes

Item#: BVL203048

ISBN: 978-1-64867-559-1

Copyright date: ©2007

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