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This programme looks at how different societies deal with death and dying. Firstly it compares the 19th century British attitude to TB with our 20th century attitude to AIDS and cancer, Next, it lo...oks at our attitudes to ageing and show how one nursing sister challenges our taboos against ageing bodies by doing massage with patients in her geriatric ward. Then examples of different funerals from around the world are shown to emphasize that death is socially constructed. Finally the distinction is drawn between the 'natural' and the 'social' body, with reference to 16th, 17th and 18th century paintings.
Metadata describing this Open University video programme
Module code and title: K260, Death and dying
Item code: K260; 01
First transmission date: 1993
Published: 1993
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Duration: 00:24:17
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Producer: Alison Tucker
Contributor: Beverley Anderson
Publisher: BBC Open University
Keyword(s): Ageing bodies; Geriatric ward; massage treatment
Master spool number: HOU7397
Production number: FOUP466E
Videofinder number: 6353
Available to public: no