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SCIENCE . TECHNOLOGY

The Big 4 - Fighting Modern Diseases

4 x 45' (GER)
The most common diseases in our society today, cancer, Alzheimer's, heart disease and diabetes, are a concern for everyone. And yet, those who are diagnosed with them often feel helpless as they search for answers in a muddle of conflicting information.

The 4-part documentary series accompanies doctors and patients as they battle illness and despair for a life that is filled with hope. This series does not tell stories of heroes in white coats but of doctors, scientists and patients who are constantly facing new challenges.

But what successes have been achieved in the battle against the four most common diseases: cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer's and diabetes? What can high-tech medicine do and what can't it do? Are the latest therapies always the best ones? Where have the real successes been achieved in the battle against illness? Where is the real hope? And where are we just treading water? This series does not tell stories of heroes in white coats but of doctors, scientists and patients who are constantly facing new challenges.

Fotos: ©WDR

Original Title: Die 4 großen Volkskrankheiten
Year: 2011
Length: 4 x 45' (GER)
Resolution: SD
Film by: Lars Westermann, Claudia Ruby, Thomas Liesen, Volker Stollorz, Meike Hemschmeier
Produced by: Längengrad Filmproduktion, WDR

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