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This is the story of doctors’ and scientists’ training, practice, research, discoveries, and place in the community and the wider health care system. The role of the federal government in funding medical care for those who can’t afford it is presented as well, with proponents of socialized medicine, cooperative medicine, and complete nonintervention as advocated by the American Medical Association addressed. Shots include: medical students in classrooms, graduation exercises, physicians’ shingles, ambulance, white blood cell test with tally sheet, surgery in a theater, free clinic waiting room during the Depression, poor rural people, speeches by Morris Fishbein and Thomas Parran, Jr., sterilization equipment, basal metabolism machine, hydrotherapeutic baths, artificial fever chambers for syphilis cures, jugs of vaccines in warehouse, and exteriors of the American Medical Association in Chicago and Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C.

Learn more about this film and search its transcript at NLM Digital Collections: http://resource.nlm.nih.gov/8500744A.

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