The magnificent 10

Episode 1: The most successful physicians in history

Since time immemorial, physicians have been trying to improve and prolong people’s lives. Medicine is almost as old as mankind. Even the Neanderthals skilfully nursed their sick. Robert Koch, the whisperer of bacteria, set milestones in the fight against epidemics. In our ranking of the most successful physicians in history, you’ll see giants of the healing arts, titans of research and gods in white – without prescription and without risks and side effects.


WRITER: Martin Tönnessen     EDITOR: Marie Wilbers RIGHTS CLEARANCE: Kevyn Goncalves     NARRATOR: Hannes Jaenicke     COMMISSIONING EDITOR: Tina Weimer (ZDF), Johannes Geiger (ZDF)