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The series includes a look at the process of organ transplantation, information about the new field of regenerative medicine, and a brief explanation of journalistic ethics.
All of the professionals interviewed are White Eurpoeans, some of the victims are Black and Asian.
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Violence & Scariness
Real footage of surgeries are shown being performed as well as footage of patients in pain after surgery and before their death. Footage is also shown of Dr. Macchiarini's patients/victims in hospitals and at home before their death. Patients are described as enduring tortuous procedures for many months or years before dying, sometimes "coughing up pieces of their own flesh." Their family members are interviewed and discuss the pain and trauma they and their loved ones endured after their controversial surgeries. A man involved briefly discusses having suicidal thoughts.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Dr. Macchiarini's romantic pursuit of a journalist is part of the plot of the series. Their courtship, including elaborate dates and romantic communications, are shown.
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Profanity includes "hell," "s--t," "f--k."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Bad Surgeon: Love Under the Knife is a docuseries examining the case of Dr. Paolo Machiarini, a surgeon guilty of widespread, intentional malpractice that led to multiple patients dying slow and excruciating deaths. Footage of surgeries are shown, as well as footage of patients in pain after surgery and before their death. Expect profanity, including "hell," "s--t," and "f--k."
Is It Any Good?
A captivating, and deeply troubling, look into the meteoric rise and fall of Dr. Paolo Macchiarini, the supposed pioneer of regenerative medicine. Bad Surgeon: Love Under the Knife captivates with interviews, not only with those who investigated Macchiarini, but also with the surgeon himself -- as well as with shocking footage of him knowingly deceiving patients. Macchiarini's audacity brings to mind other infamous figures like Bernie Madoff and, once again, highlights how easily powerful individuals can operate outside the boundaries of ethics and truth. The series maintains a well-paced narrative throughout, regularly unveiling twists that will leave viewers on the edge of their seats.
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