The Body in Question is a landmark British medical documentary series of 13 shows made for the BBC. It was a groundbreaking show, being the first to ever televise an autopsy (in the final ... See full summary »
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Jonathan Miller ...  Himself - Presenter 13 episodes, 1978-1979
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The Body in Question is a landmark British medical documentary series of 13 shows made for the BBC. It was a groundbreaking show, being the first to ever televise an autopsy (in the final show on 29 Jan 1979). Miller considers the functioning of the body as a subject of private experience. He explores our attitudes towards our bodies, our ignorance of them, and our inability to read our body's signals. The first episode starts with vox populi asking where various organs in the body are located. By the final episode we are left in no doubt. Taking as his starting point the experience of pain, Dr Miller analyses the elaborate social process of "falling ill", considers the physical foundations of "disease" and looks at the types of individuals humankind has historically attributed with the power of healing. The series was nominated for two 1979 BAFTAs: Best Factual Television Series and Most Original Programme/Series.

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Brilliant history of medicine for the interested layman.
16 February 2007 | by See all my reviews

It has been years since I've seen any of the episodes of Jonathan Miller's "The Body in Question", yet my memory of this series fondly lingers.

It's an examination of our changing knowledge of medicine over the ages. Miller takes us around the world, and explains in clear language just what went on. His sense of humour is sharp and ever-present, and is in the same vein as his "Beyond the Fringe" days.

Particularly interesting is a segment in the first episode, in which Miller walks the streets of London asking questions such as "How big is your heart?" "Where is your spleen?" "How would you die if your pancreas stopped working?".

Miller later (?) released a companion book. I'm waiting anxiously for this series to be released on DVD.


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