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You Don’t Know Jack DVD
PN 1992.77 .Y68 2010
Made for HBO, Barry Levinson’s sympathetic telefilm casts an affable eye on a serious subject: the mission of Jack Kevorkian (a thoroughly de-glamorized Al Pacino). In the opening sequence, Kevorkian tells his long-suffering sister, Margo (Brenda Vaccaro, excellent), how hard he found it to watch their mother die a long and agonizing death. Convinced that the terminally ill deserve the right to die with dignity, he shares his beliefs with Jack (James Urbaniak), a Detroit journalist; Janet (Susan Sarandon), a Hemlock Society leader; and Neal (John Goodman), a medical supply salesman (the scenes of Neal and Jack playing poker recall Levinson’s Diner). Before he’s assisted a single patient, Kevorkian makes the national news, prompting Neal to quip, “You’re not a local quack anymore. You’re America’s quack.” Writer Adam Mazer profiles several of the 130 patients to take advantage of his “mercy machine,” starting with Janet Adkins, who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease. For protection, Jack acquires the services of attorney Geoffrey Fieger (Danny Huston), who supports him through evictions, lawsuits, jail time, and hunger strikes–until Kevorkian engineers his own downfall by defending himself. As with HBO’s Recount, Levinson adds archival footage at key points, such that Barbara Walters and others appear to play themselves. If he handles Jack’s quirks with humor, he always treats the afflicted with respect, and if Pacino’s accent skews more New York than Michigan, his pleasure in playing this strong-willed eccentric fuels Levinson’s finest directorial effort in ages. –Kathleen C. Fennessy

Medicating Children DVD
RJ 560 .M43 2013
Every day, 1 in 5 children under 18 years of age receives medication for an acute pathology. When mediations taken for chronic conditions such as asthma, diabetes and ADHD — as well as over-the counter medications — are taken into consideration, the total number of children who are taking medications in the United States is staggering. Administering medication to children is a unique challenge requiring specialized knowledge and skills. The nurse must consider each child’s age, background and level of physical and psychosocial development, and the administration process must be tailored to meet these particular needs. In addition, children are particularly vulnerable to medication errors. The two-part “Medicating Children” series demonstrates the safest, gentlest and least intrusive methods of administering pediatric medications to children of varying ages. It includes clear guidelines for the preventions of errors, appropriate precautions and instruction on the precise administration of otic, ophthalmic, nasal, oral and rectal medications.

Anatomy for Beginners: A Live Autopsy DVD
QM 33.5 .A533 2009

Dr. Gunther von Hagens and Prof. John A Lee take a journey through the human body in front of a live audience. To show the mechanics of the human body, Dr. Gunther von Hagens performs the autopsy While Prof. John A. Lee analyzes the complex design. Each program focuses on a different function. Starting with movement, followed by circulation, digestion and reproduction. The 200 minute long, four-part series of anatomy classes aims to reveal exactly how the human body functions. It presents an informative and fascinating anatomy lesson from the brain to the toes and takes viewers on a tour of the inner body.

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