Primum Non Nocere -- First Do No Harm (2012)





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Primum Non Nocere explores the story behind the controversial and paternalistic history of blood transfusions and one of the greatest obstacles facing global healthcare: the reflex rejection of new knowledge because it contradicts entrenched norms, a phenomenon known as the "Semmelweis Reflex." -- (C) Official Site
Documentary , Special Interest
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All Critics (4) | Top Critics (3)

What might have made for a fascinating segment on a television newsmagazine program is here stretched out to a numbing 110 minutes, filled with enough facts and statistics to make one wonder whether a pop quiz will be forthcoming.

Full Review… | May 7, 2015
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

The argument is compelling but would have been strengthened by even one interview with a defender of transfusions.

Full Review… | September 27, 2012
New York Times
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Clearly designed to wake up the whole red-blooded world, Primum Non Nocere plays like an underground video for radical med students.

Full Review… | September 25, 2012
Village Voice
Top Critic

The film brings together an impressive list of medical specialists from all over the world who layer by layer and sound bite by sound bite set out the case for greater research and testing to reduce what are evident risks in blood transfusions.

Full Review… | May 7, 2015
Urban Cinefile

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