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The Trouble With Medicine: Conceiving the Future (1993)


Since the discovery of the human genome, tests to discover the genetic basis of illness have given humankind a lot more power to decide how a pregnancy will go. This is the story of how advances in medicine can assist couples to make decisions that in times past were left to chance, often with tragic outcomes.

Curator’s notes

This is a thought-provoking program about advances in medicine, which we leave in the hands of doctors at our peril. The program reminds us of the tragic history of eugenics which the Nazis took to a terrifying conclusion. The strength of this program is in the interaction between patients and doctors. And too often, if the patient is a child, he or she is ignored in the parent-doctor relationship. Fascinating television with no easy answers.