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...First Do No Harm (1997)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama  -  16 February 1997 (USA)
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The true story of one woman's struggle against a narrow-minded medical establishment.

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Dave Reimuller
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Robbie Reimuller
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Dr. Melanie Abbasac
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Marjean
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Marsha Williams
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Bob Purdue
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Dr. Jim Peterson
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Lynne Reimuller
Michael Yarmush ...
Mark Reimuller
Millicent Kelly ...
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Lorraine Brockway ...
Lili's Grandmother
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Gene Falconetti
Hugo Dann ...
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When Lori Reimuller learns that her young son Robbie has epilepsy, she first trusts the judgment of the hospital staff in how best to bring it under control. As Robbie's health slides radically downhill, however, she becomes frustrated and desperate, and so does her own research into the existing literature on treatments. When she decides to try an alternative treatment called the Ketogenic Diet, devised long ago by a doctor from Johns Hopkins, she is met with narrow-minded resistance from Robbie's doctor, who is prepared to take legal action to prevent Lori from removing him from the hospital. This movie is an indictment of those in the medical profession who discuss only the treatment options they favor. Several of the minor characters are portrayed by people who have been not just helped, but cured by the Ketogenic diet. Written by Debra K. Day <dday@uic.edu>

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Rated PG-13 for intense emotional and physical depiction of a child's illness | See all certifications »

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Jim Abrahams, normally a comedy director, was attracted to the project because of his own young son Charlie's epilepsy. (Charlie makes a brief appearance in the film as Robbie Reimuller's playmate.) See more »

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References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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Over the Rainbow
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg
Performed by Aretha Franklin
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Abslutley Fornomanal!
25 July 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Meryl Streep is a mother of three children. When Her Youngest child(Fred Ward) is struck with epilepsy and is near his death. The hospital he is in does nothing but gives him drugs and they just do not work. The mum does some research and finds a diet for epilepsy and he does it.

This film is sad but don't give up when your watching it because it has the happiest ending a film could have. Meryl streep is exceptional and it is probably her best film. I would recommend it to people who like Drama films or know someone with epilepsy.

All I can say is you MUST watch this film and it is really really good.


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