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Mysterious Diseases

45'
Everyone gets sick at some time or another. The cure is often simple and all it takes is a trip to the doctor. But what if not even the cause of the problem can be found? For those affected, it's the start of a long ordeal. Which makes it even more wonderful when a doctor does find the correct explanation.

Everyone gets sick at some time or another. The cure is often simple and all it takes is a trip to the doctor. But what if not even the cause of the problem can be found? For those affected, it's the start of a long ordeal. Having tracked down three fascinating stories about disease and cure, we accompany the sufferers on their long journey to find the correct diagnosis for their affliction and ultimate recovery.

The film features three sufferers with similar stories. The symptoms are always serious and alarming. The causes, however, cannot be determined or are interpreted incorrectly – seemingly pre-destined illnesses. But at the end of a long quest, the patients finally meet physicians who end up becoming their heroes. One of them comments: "Sometimes it takes just two or three sentences to know what the patient has. You simply have to listen". There is a nightmarish quality about the course of the three sufferers' illnesses and their desperate search for improvement - and this makes the unequivocal diagnoses that finally lead to their reprieve all the more surprising. Having tracked down three fascinating stories about disease and cure, author Tilman Wolff accompanies the sufferers on their long journey to find the correct diagnosis for their affliction and ultimate recovery.

Fotos: ©WDR

Original Title: Rätselhafte Krankheiten
Year: 2011
Length: 45'
Resolution: SD
Film by: Tilmann Wolff
Produced by: WDR

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