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Incredible Medicine

Living among us are super-humans – people who defy science and demonstrate extraordinary abilities that the rest of us just don’t possess.
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Living among us are super-humans – people who defy science and demonstrate extraordinary abilities that the rest of us just don't possess

Living among us are super-humans – people who defy science and demonstrate extraordinary abilities that the rest of us just don't possess.

In this episode, Dr Gabriel Weston looks at research into the human brain, a field of knowledge whose surface doctors are only beginning to scratch.

Among the amazing stories collected here are that of Derek Amato, who woke up after a severe concussion with the ability to play the piano, and Joy Milne, who can smell Parkinson's.

Most incredible of all, however, is the work being done on locked-in syndrome.

Through this vital research, it is now known that one in five people in a vegetative state is conscious and aware of their surroundings.