This film traces 300 years of progress in public health and medicine. It depicts Antonj van Leeuwenhoek, the first man to see microorganisms; Louis Pasteur and his work on vaccines; Joseph Lister and his work on antisepsis; Robert Koch, the discoverer of tubercle bacillus and the cholera germ; and Emil Von Behring using diphtheria antitoxin for the first time. It also shows a copy of the first microscope ever made, bacteria dying when heat is applied, and a June 1832 newspaper describing a cholera outbreak. Shots include stagecoach, sheep, and large medical lecture class with only one female.
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Black and white
Director, F. Lyle Goldman ; writers, Lago Galdston and I.A. Jacoby ; editor, Solis Feuerman.
Received: Feb. 23, 1965; donation; from Metropolitan Life Insurance Co.