This is an unique and historically valuable film depicting the important medical aid that the Frontier Nursing Service provided in the Appalachian region of Kentucky. The Service provided child hygiene, midwifery, sick nursing, medical care, dentistry, public health, and emergency surgery for poor, mountain people. Film shows patients' and nurses' cabins, children, town, and gives flavor of their lives, language, and problems. Scenes include: nurses crossing river at night in ice and snow on horseback to deliver babies, nurses innoculating townsfolk at one-room school, nurses and men making a strecher in forest and walking 7 hours carrying a man with gunshot wound to hospital, steam trains, etc. Exterior of Wendover headquarters, Frontier Nursing Service Hospital, etc. Paper file contains film production details.
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Black and white
Received: (date unknown); donation; from Mrs. Jefferson Patterson (Marvin Breckinridge Patterson).