This film explains tuberculosis and its treatment to the lay person. A man in an office setting speaks directly at the camera, discussing on the size of the tubercle bacillus; the nature and history of tuberculosis; transmission of the disease; growth of the bacilli in the body illustrated with chalkboard drawings; and the body's natural defenses against tuberculosis. Tuberculin tests, by injection and by patch, are shown. A mobile chest X-ray unit is shown with people lined up outside and a patient being X-rayed inside. On a chest X-ray, the presence of tuberculosis is pointed out. The film emphasizes that people with active tuberculosis should be kept away from the rest of society. A tuberculosis hospital, characterized as a cure and a preventive, is shown from the outside. Inside, gowned, masked attendants care for patients in a ward. The narrator explains the technique for handling bed linens, etc., so the disease is not spread. The narrator explains and demonstrates on an anatomical model pneumothorax and pneumoperitoneum to rest a diseased lung. He also demonstrates thoracoplasty and resection. Drug advances and drug therapy for tuberculosis are outlined. Good health and hygiene habits are recommended as tuberculosis prevention. Shots include: the tubercle bacilli under the microscope and under the electron microscope; a model of a tubercule; male and female patients in a sun room; X-ray motion pictures of the human lungs in action.
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Directed by Leslie M. Roush ; photographed by Jules K. Sindic ; written by Jerome Alden.
Received: (date unknown) as a donation from the National Tuberculosis Association.