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Guide to "A brief history of medicine" short subject film, circa 1969

Summary

Short subject film whose sequence of still images encapsulates the evolution of medical knowledge and practices from Neolithic times to the 20th century. The style is sixties psychedelic, with fast-moving sequences and vivid colors. The still images consist of historical scenes, procedures, and individuals significant to the history of medicine, chiefly Western, but there are a few images from Eastern practices. The only sound is music from "Mass in F Minor" by the Electric Prunes rock group (1968). Produced by staff in the Audio Visual Resources at the School of Medicine at Wake Forest University for educational purposes as well as for photographic research. Although the original 16 mm film is restricted, there are two DVD use copies for viewing. Acquired as part of the History of Medicine Collections at Duke University.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.11348
Date
circa 1969
Extent
.2 Linear Feet, 1 box
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

Short subject film whose sequence of still images encapsulates the evolution of medical knowledge and practices from Neolithic times to the 20th century. The style is sixties psychedelic, with fast-moving sequences and vivid colors. The still images consist of historical scenes, procedures, and individuals significant to the history of medicine, chiefly Western, but there are a few images from Eastern practices. The only sound is music from "Mass in F Minor" by the Electric Prunes rock group (1968). Produced by staff in the Audio Visual Resources at the School of Medicine at Wake Forest University for educational purposes as well as for photographic research. Although the original 16 mm film is restricted, there are two DVD use copies for viewing. Acquired as part of the History of Medicine Collections at Duke University.

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[Identification of item], "A brief history of medicine" short subject film, circa 1969, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

16 mm color film on 5 inch reel

The film exhibits some color, soundtrack, and surface deterioration; total running time on DVD viewing copies 3 minutes, 27 seconds.

Box 1
DVD (optical disc) use copies
(2 copies)
Box 1
 

Historical Note

The Wake Forest University School of Medicine, formerly the Bowman Gray School of Medicine, was founded in 1902 and is based in Winston-Salem at Wake Forest University.

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Provenance

The short subject film, "A brief history of medicine," was received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a transfer in 2011.

Processing Information

Processed by Paula Jeannet Mangiafico, December 2016.

No accession number.

Other Notes

16 mm film on 5 inch reel; TRT (total running time) of DVD use copy recording: 00:03:27 (3 minutes, 27 seconds).