Medical Mysteries

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  • 2007
  • 1 Season
  • 7.2  (7)

Medical Mysteries was a documentary series produced by ABC News that premiered in 2000. This show was focused on exploring some of the most baffling and perplexing medical conditions known to man. Through extensive interviews with doctors, patients, families, and experts, Medical Mysteries aimed to uncover the underlying causes of various diseases and conditions that affected individuals worldwide. The show delved deep into the medical mysteries that left practitioners stumped and patients struggling to understand what was happening to them.

There were three seasons of the show, each featuring a handful of cases from various parts of the world. In every episode, host Stephen Rashbrook and B. Duncan McKinlay introduced a new case study, taking the audience on a medical journey to find a diagnosis, a cure, or a breakthrough idea that could shed light on the problem at hand.

The show's format was simple but impactful. Each episode featured interviews with doctors, researchers, and family members of the patients. They explained the symptoms, history, and possible underlying causes of the medical problem in question. They also revealed the different approaches taken by medical professionals to try to diagnose and treat the condition.

The cases presented in the show were both common and rare, ranging from autoimmune disorders, allergies, hormonal imbalances, to genetic mutations, and unexplained diseases. The cases were varied enough to appeal to a wide audience, including those in the medical profession and those with a general interest in health.

What set Medical Mysteries apart from other medical shows was the attention paid to the human stories behind the cases. The show went beyond just looking at the symptoms and causes of the diseases; it explored the psychological, social, and emotional impact of the conditions on the patients and families.

Medical Mysteries was also known for featuring some of the most innovative and cutting-edge medical treatments available at the time. The show highlighted the different techniques used by medical professionals, from experimental drugs and surgical interventions to therapeutic diets and lifestyle changes.

The show's host, Stephen Rashbrook, brought a unique perspective to the series. He was a seasoned journalist with a background in medicine, which made him an ideal guide through various complex medical cases. His ability to communicate technical details in an accessible way helped make the show enjoyable for viewers from all backgrounds.

One of the standout elements of the show was its use of animation and graphics. Medical Mysteries made use of various visual aids to explain complex medical concepts, including 3D medical animations, diagrams, and charts. The show's use of technology helped to make the medical explanations more accessible to the audience.

The popularity of Medical Mysteries suggests that the show addressed a universal human curiosity about our own bodies and illnesses. The show not only informed audiences about the latest medical research and understanding of diseases but also left them in awe of the complexity and intricacy of the human body.

In conclusion, Medical Mysteries was a riveting and informative show. It tackled some of the most perplexing medical conditions known to man and presented them in a way that was accessible and engaging. The show provided a unique look at the medical profession, combining in-depth interviews, innovative treatments, and compelling storytelling. Medical Mysteries remains relevant, offering insights that continue to inform the medical community and entertain audiences.

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Episode 6
6. Episode 6
September 9, 2008
The Real 'Bionic Woman': Claudia Mitchell looks like an average twenty-something college student; in reality she's anything but. Four years ago she lost her left arm in a motorcycle accident and refused to live the rest of her life without it. No Fingerprints: Imagine going through life without leaving a trace - literally having no fingerprints. To a thief it might sound like a dream -- but it's reality for people living with a rare form of what's called Ectodermal Dysplasia. When Stroke Inspires Hyper Creativity: How could a relatively common occurrence like a stroke unleash an unceasing and uncontrollable burst of creativity? From a chiropractor who becomes a painter whose work sells for thousands to a blue-collar worker who becomes a poet and can't stop writing, we report on people who experience this creative compulsion and what causes it. You Be The Doctor:This hour also features a medical mystery, designed for viewer participation.
Episode 5
5. Episode 5
August 12, 2008
Tree Man: ''Primetime'' examines one man in Indonesia who looks as though he is turning into a tree. His hands and feet are 15 inches around and look like roots, while ''bark'' covers his body. Surfer's Myelopathy: ''Primetime'' reports on a mysterious and terrifying threat that could be lurking for beginner surfers -- not under the water, but in their own bodies. Muir speaks with two men who tried surfing for the first time on a beach vacation and became paralyzed from the waist down because of a rare complication known as Surfer's Myelopathy. Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome: Imagine a woman who is feminine, attractive, and has always considered herself female, but as a teenager knew something was off. When she fails to get her period during adolescence, doctors discover that she has no uterus, no ovaries, but rather testicles, inside her body. Genetically, she's a boy, but despite her male chromosomes, she has more estrogen than most women. You Be The Doctor: The hour will also feature a medical mystery designed for viewer participation.
Episode 4
4. Episode 4
September 19, 2007
Sometimes 19-year-old Katie O'Brien has the sensation that she's living in a world shrunk to the proportions of a doll house. At other times everyday objects seem strangely large. Plus: Imagine having a disorder so severe and debilitating that you ask doctors to conduct a surgical experiment on your brain. ''Primetime'' reports on two men who undergo a radical procedure in hopes of a life-changing improvement from Tourette's syndrome. Also: John Quiñones reports on 23-year-old Danny Ramos Gomez of Mexico who, since birth, has excessive hair all over his body due to a condition called hypertrichosis. As children, Danny and his brother -- who also suffers from the same condition -- were exhibited in cages and gawked at. Despite his suffering and humiliation, Danny has learned to live with his unique appearance and tells Quiñones he would never cut his hair. You Be The Doctor: The hour will also feature a medical mystery designed for viewer participation.
Episode 3
3. Episode 3
January 31, 2007
Locked In Syndrome: Imagine lying completely paralyzed yet fully conscious, but doctors and loved ones think you are a vegetable. The only way of telling people you are present, the blink of an eye. Lobster Claw Syndrome: Don Dahler reports on Ectrodactyly Syndrome, where people have missing or fused-together fingers and toes. The congenital deformity, which used be known as 'lobster claw syndrome,' has a 50/50 chance of being passed on genetically. An Against the Odds Italian Village: Jay Schadler reports on a tiny village in the Italian Alps where almost all of the 400 residents are related. Their cholesterol is sky-high, their blood sugar is off the charts, yet heart disease and diabetes are almost unknown. Doctors are trying to find out why. You Be The Doctor: The hour will also feature a medical mystery designed for viewer participation.
Episode 2
2. Episode 2
January 24, 2007
This week 'Primetime: Medical Mysteries' looks at some of the rarest disorders and syndromes in medicine today. From people born with their internal organs completely reversed and a man with extremely stretchy skin, to people who feel in constant motion, the program examines cases that leave scientists and doctors with unanswered questions. What if a person's whole body was reversed, with organs residing on the opposite side from where they should be? Could a body still work? Then: Imagine people who go on a cruise or a plane trip but, upon finishing the trip, their brains never get off and they experience a constant sense of motion. And: Jay Schadler looks at a bizarre genetic condition called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome that leaves its patients with elastic skin, oddly flexible joints and in constant pain. You Be The Doctor: The hour will also feature a medical mystery designed for viewer participation.
Episode 1
1. Episode 1
January 10, 2007
Free Speech: Unexpected pauses, frequent repetitions and stretched sounds make saying 'hello' seem to take an eternity. These people are stutterers. Scientists aren't sure what causes the condition, but a new device called the SpeechEasy is helping more stutterers speak clearly. Without a Trace: Imagine touching glass and not leaving a mark virtually no trace of the complex lines and ridges that make up each individual fingerprint. The Smallest Children in the World: Although Kenadie Jourdin-Bromley is 3½ years old, she is only 27 inches tall and weighs about 10 pounds, the same as a 1-month-old infant. Kenadie is a primordial dwarf. 'They are the smallest children in the world, and it is a big mystery as to why they are so small. We just don't know,' said Dr. Charles Scott, one of the world's experts on the condition. You Be The Doctor: The hour will also feature a medical mystery designed for viewer participation.
  • Premiere Date
    January 10, 2007
  • IMDB Rating
    7.2  (7)