After years of litigation VERTIGO--which many cinema historians, such as Donald Spots, feel is Hitchcock's masterpiece, as well as one of the greatest films of all time--was made available on vedio in the 1980's for public screenings in the United States. This is also the case for another masterful Hitchcock/Stewart film, REAR WINDOW (1954). There is so much in VERTIGO, that a single showing barely opens the door to its understanding. Fortunately, filmgoers now have the great opportunity to view it again and again.
The SpaceWorks hypothermic torpor study for space travelers identified a number of development challenges before such a biolation method is ready for testing, let alone general use. One is that a cocktail of sedatives is currently needed for medical patients in therapeutic hypothermia to suppress the body’s natural shiver response to cold. Methods to provide automated monitoring and health response systems will be needed to deal with and remotely treat any medical conditions. Possible medical conditions noted included thromboembolism (blood clotting), unanticipated bleeding, infections, electrolyte imbalances, muscle atrophy, and development of fatty liver and other possible liver problems. Other identified potential complications of such long hypothermic torpor that will also need to be investigated include hypo/hyper glycaemia, bile stasis, and as-yet-undiscovered complications.