...First Do No Harm

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Jim Abrahams
  Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 5 nominations.
94 min

- "I do solemnly swear... "

- "I do solemnly swear... "

"... that I will be loyal to the

profession of medicine... "

"... that I will be loyal to the

profession of medicine... "

"... and just and generous

to its members,"

"... and just and generous

to its members,"

"... that I will prescribe regimen

for the good of my patients... "

"... that I will prescribe regimen

for the good of my patients... "

"... according to my ability

and my judgement,"

"... according to my ability

and my judgement,"

"and above all else,

first do no harm. "

"and above all else,

first do no harm. "


That emperor marched down the street...

...in front of all the people

wearing nothing at all?

Yeah. But then a

little boy whispered...

"But Mother, the emperor

has nothing on!"

But see, the tailors had told him

that they made his clothes...

...out of the most splendid cloth

in all the land...

...and that only stupid people

couldn't see it.

The emperor

couldn't see it...

...but he didn't want anybody

to think he was stupid.

The boy could see the silly emperor

didn't have any clothes on.

- Mm-hmm.

- He believed his own eyes.

Did the boy's mother

believe her own eyes?

Hmm. Well, let's see.

No, she didn't, Mommy.



Well, he was the emperor.

Dad's home

from his poker game.

Oh. Tell him his dinner's

in the oven.

Mr. Turgen's with him.

Okay, buddy.

You come on, into the beddy.

Into the beddy. Yeah.

How much do I love you?

- More than life itself?

- Don't you forget it.

- I want to kiss Daddy.

- When he comes up to bed.

- I want to kiss Mark.

- Mark's doing his homework.

- I want to kiss Lynn.

- He's all yours.

The little bird...

- ... is coming to say good night...

- No! No!

- ... to the little log.

- No!

- Say good night.

- No little bird kisses!

The little log is gonna give

the little bird good night kisses.

- Dave.

- Here she comes.

Hey, Wally.

How are you?

I got coffee on.

Uhh, no, thanks.

I, I gotta get going.

What's up?

Hey, Mr. Turgen. Sweet truck.

Hi, Mark.

I lost.

You lost.

Yeah, well, the good thing

is who I lost to.

Wally. He's willing

to lease it back to us.

Lease what back to us?

Good one, Dad.

He's raggin'on you, Mom.

If you're joking me,

Dave Reimuller, I'm gonna kill you.

And if you're not joking me,

I'm gonna kill you. I will!


- Not till you see what I've won.

- Oh, man!

She's yours. Come on.

- Oh, no. Uh-uh.

- Mom!

Oh, honey, do you have any idea how much

a horse like that is worth?

- Wow! - Nothing to me.

She injured a foot as a two-year-old.

She'll never make

a field hunter.

- You could still ride her.

- Mom, please!

As deputy sheriff

and town councilman...

...I order you to take her.

Hey, there, cowpokes!

I'm gonna ride him first!

- Hey!

- Hey, what are you doing outta bed?

Well, you can't sleep now.

Okay, big fella, mount up.

- I'm going to call him "Schwartz".

- Schwartz?

What kind of name

is Schwartz?

I'm sure she already

has a name, Robbie.

Mrs. Schwartz is Robbie's favorite

preschool teacher. Right, honey?

Schwartz likes me.

I guess you can't fight

City Hall, you know?

No, you can't.

- Mr. Turgen gave us this.

- Ohh.

It was taken

at the Vilas County Fair.

I just don't feel right

about taking her.

Well, Wally wanted you to have her.

That's how come he put her in the pot.

How'd you know you'd win?

I always win.

That's why they call me "Lucky Dave".

How much have we got?

Oh, about $600

less than we need.

Great. I'll be taking

my grandchildren to Hawaii.

Why would Wally

want to give me his horse?

He has a thing for you.

Oh, David!

She's lonely, Mom. Listen to her. Can I

go out and keep her company a while?

No, you can go up to bed.

Both of you.

- Can't I watch TV?

- Mm-mm.

- Give me a kiss.

- Thanks, Dad.

- Good night, Dad.

- Oh!

You know, you've completely ruined your

daughter's chances for a happy marriage.

Where on earth is she gonna find a guy

who'll win her dream horse in a poker game?


what have I done for my chances

for a happy marriage?


I take it back. This is why

they call me "Lucky Dave".

Oh, maybe Lynn's right.

Maybe I should go bed down in her stall

just for the first night.

Or you were hoping

I'd bed down in yours?

- Yes.

- Show a little appreciation?

- Somethin' like that.

- Oh, sorry, Schwartz.

Kansas City's

number-one-rated country music...

Mom, do you know where my backpack is?

No. You think back

to where you last saw it.

Found it!

- Did you make your bed?

- I'll do it before we leave.

- Hey, Mom, I want to ride Schwartz.

- A little later.

- You said I could ride him.

- Yeah.

- It's a her.

- How do you know?

After school you can.

- Promise?

- Uh-huh. Scout's honor.

Get the oil changed

in the car today.

Yeah. I'll drop it off

on my way.

Okay, troops...

we have five minutes.

Ooh! Strong, darlin'.

- Fertilizer should be in in

a couple of weeks. - Good.

And you can tell Nancy that...

Thanks, Lori.

See you next week.

- Hey, Doc.

- Hey, Lori.

Looks like the airline's

got you busy.

Yeah, I'm flying K.C. - Denver -

San Francisco this month.

- And I'm plantin' my crops whenever

I have a few minutes. - Ooh.

So, are you still

seein' patients too?

Not for years.

That was another life.

I wouldn't know a stethoscope if it

jumped up and strangled me.

Oh, I hear you have a new mouth to feed

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Ann Beckett

Ann Beckett (5 February 1927 - 2002) was an Irish pioneer of occupational therapy, a sister of John Beckett (an Irish musician, composer and conductor) and Peter Beckett (a pioneering figure in Irish psychiatry). She was a cousin of the famous writer and playwright Samuel Beckett. more…

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