Actors play role of doctor and Native American patient in a sanitorium. The doctor explains nature and cause of TB
United States USA Date:1941 Duration:4 min 49 sec Sound:Yes
Native American Indian youth recovering from TB at a sanitorium, is seated on a bench outdoors, when his doctor joins him. In hope that the Native American youth can be helpful to members of his tribe, who are suffering from epidemic of tuberculosis, the doctor explains the disease to the boy. He shows sketch of the lungs and describes them and the progression of TB and its accompanying symptoms. The boy asks about medicine for TB. The doctor says none exists, but nature can heal a lung if it rests, just as a broken leg can heal if rested. The boy asks about his operation. The doctor tells him it is pneumothorax, and explains it with help of illustrations how a lung is collapsed so it can rest and heal and then reflated. Asked about the cause of TB, the doctor tells the boy it is caused by a living organism, and invites to see it in the laboratory. In the lab, the doctor show the boy two test tubes, one of which contains cultured organisms from a TB patient. The boy sits in bed with hands behind his head pondering the role of social hygiene in the spread of TB.
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