Incredible Medicine: Dr Weston's Casebook

Incredible Medicine: Dr Weston's Casebook

Series 1 - Episode 3

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Review

This is an extraordinary programme. Surgeon Gabriel Weston introduces us to a series of people with powers so specific and astounding, they wouldn’t feel out of place in an X-Men film.

There’s the man who feels no pain, the woman who remembers every day of her life in detail as if it were yesterday, the artist who can see 100 million distinct colours, and the “super recogniser” with a forensically useful ability to pick out faces (of complete strangers) in a crowded railway station.

Best of all, we hear again the story of Joy Milne, who can literally smell Parkinson’s disease on people long before it is diagnosed, and whose sensory superpower could change medicine.

Summary

Surgeon Gabriel Weston investigates the most complex and mysterious part of the human body, the brain, meeting with extraordinary people with seemingly superhuman abilities. Dr Weston meets Derek, a man who was suddenly able to play piano after a head injury, and Paul, who has a hereditary genetic condition which means he can't feel pain. This episode also explores the recent developments in technology that allow doctors to identify if patients who they believe to be in a vegetative state are in fact conscious and aware.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Gabriel Weston
Executive Producer Jacqueline Smith
Producer Kate Pringle
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