May 18, 2022

New Online Resource from NLM: "The Public Health Film Goes to War" Showcases Rare WWII Movies

From a National Library of Medicine Announcement:

The National Library of Medicine [NLM] has created a new online resource, “The Public Health Film Goes to War” ( The site features 18 rare films on public health in wartime from the Library’s Historical Audiovisual collections, housed in the History of Medicine Division (HMD). The individual titles are also part of the Library’s Digital Collections (


The films range from the Private McGillicuddy cartoons promoting personal cleanliness and urged caution about consuming local foods, to documentaries on domestic public health efforts as war industries expanded rapidly and overtook local sanitation efforts. Many of the films are on tropical diseases-such as malaria and yellow fever-and their prevention, while some focus on soldiers and venereal disease, and others on the stress of war.

All of the films have short commentaries and searchable transcripts, as well as full bibliographic data. The site also includes nine public health posters of the era, from the Library’s Prints & Photographs collections, an essay by the curator and a bibliography on motion pictures in medicine. All materials on the site are in the public domain, free of copyright.

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