“This info-packed doc about the dangers of blood transfusions makes a persuasive if ultimately stultifying case,” says Frank Scheck, of the Hollywood Reporter.
“Primum parades an impressive string of doctors, nurses and scientists who call for a drastic cutback in transfusions and increased reliance on so-called bloodless surgery,” says The New York Times. “Such reforms are difficult in a medical culture not easily given to change.”
Gary Goldstein of the Los Angeles Times calls the film “handsomely made.” The Library of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, the Oscars, requested a copy of the films transcript for their permanent Core Collection.
Vetted for scientific accuracy by the Society for the Advancement of Blood Management, the film is compelling viewing for anyone — whether he or she needs a blood transfusion or not.
“Primum makes its point clear: If ever in a position to choose, a patient should just say no to transfusions,” writes Daniel M. Gold of The New York Times.