An overview of scientific research and testing by U.S. Army scientists is presented in this film. The role of the scientist in keeping men fit and properly equipped to fight is emphasized, with focus on the following: inspection and testing in markets and laboratories of food and milk for troop consumption; animal nutrition studies; preparation of mess hall food, canned rations, and hospital special diets; dietary changes according to the climate in which troops are stationed; treadmill testing of clothing in extremes of heat and cold; testing shoes and socks; skin testing for toxicity of mold-resistant chemicals used in fabrics; protecting tank crews from powder gases and from extreme noise; testing manual and pedal designs for tank controls; laboratory testing of exposure to simulated tropical sunlight; gamma radiation studies on human beings and animals; laboratory studies of yellow fever, typhoid, Puerto Rican anemia, malaria, dysentery, rickettsia, and typhus; the search for a tasteless disinfectant for mess kits; pathological research using the electron microscope and micromanipulator. Shots include: doctors examining recruits; Field Research Laboratory at Fort Knox, Kentucky (exterior); Environmental Laboratory, Edgewood, Maryland (interior); Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (exterior, interior, and laboratories); Walter Reed Army Medical Center (exterior and laboratories).
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Received: May 22, 1959 as a donation from the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology.