Life Sciences

The show where real doctors tell you what’s real, what’s not, and what’s maybe possible in your favorite movies and TV shows.

February 14, 2020

Episode 1: The Iron Man Needs a Heart


In Episode 1, we talk about Tony Stark and his quest for a heart—just in time for Valentine's Day! What is an arc reactor, and how does it work? But more importantly, what would the surgery for implanting a car cup holder into Tony's chest look like? Really, Mr. Stark had bigger things to worry about than a little palladium poisoning.

Also, we're taking a poll: have you heard of a VAD? Tweet us @DocsWatchPod and let us know!


Resources, Citations, and Mentions:


  • Deepa: 3 out of 5 Tony Stark brass rats connected to nothing
  • Jen: 3 out of 5 car batteries


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