Flatline

7 minutes

How the future of treating heart disease might mean having no heartbeat

The heartbeat is synonymous with human life, but could we possibly live without one? Flatline tells the extraordinary story of Dr Bud Frazier and Dr Billy Cohn of the Texas Heart Institute, who in March of 2011 performed a continuous-flow artificial heart transplant to extend the life of a dying man. In doing so, they proved that it was possible for a person to live without a pulse. Directed by the US filmmaker Jeremiah Zagar, this short documentary explores how some advances in medical science and technology brush up against the limits of what we view as possible, making us reconsider what it means to be human.

Director: Jeremiah Zagar

Producer: Jeremy Yaches

Video/Cities

A poetic tour through Detroit's abandoned, ghostly Packard Automotive Plant

7 minutes

ORIGINAL
Video/Ethics

If soldiers act with unjust aggression they are as culpable as civilian criminals

6 minutes

Video/History of Science

‘I could not but wonder at it’: history’s first glimpses into the microbial world

7 minutes

Idea/Medicine

There is nothing inevitable or natural about chronic disease

Clayton Dalton

Essay/Illness & Disease

A bug for Alzheimer’s?

A bold theory places infection at the root of Alzheimer’s, explaining why decades of treatment have done little good

Melinda Wenner Moyer

EXCLUSIVE
Video/Addiction

Can writing an 11,000-page autobiographical thesis cure addiction?

16 minutes

Essay/Illness & Disease

The case against sugar

A potent toxin that alters hormones and metabolism, sugar sets the stage for epidemic levels of obesity and diabetes

Gary Taubes

Idea/Illness & Disease

Return of the White Death: the threat of new strains of TB

Drew Smith

Video/Mind & Body

Odourless world: what smell means to those who don’t have it

9 minutes