Medicine's Moving Pictures: Medicine, Health, and Bodies in by Leslie J. Reagan, Nancy Tomes, Paula A. Treichler

By Leslie J. Reagan, Nancy Tomes, Paula A. Treichler

This groundbreaking publication argues that overall healthiness and scientific media, with their exact targets and creation values, represent a wealthy cultural and ancient archive and deserve larger scholarly cognizance. unique essays by means of major media students and historians of medication reveal that american citizens in the course of the 20th century have discovered approximately overall healthiness, sickness, drugs, and the human physique from video clips. Heroic medical professionals and sufferers combating dread ailments have extremely joyful and moved audiences all over; amid altering media codecs, medicine's relocating images proceed to coach, entertain, and aid us comprehend the body's trip via existence. Perennially renowned, wellbeing and fitness and scientific media also are advanced texts reflecting many pursuits and constituencies together with, particularly, the U.S. clinical career, which has usually sought, if no longer continuously effectively, to persuade content material, flow, and which means. Medicine's relocating photographs makes transparent that overall healthiness and clinical media representations are "more than illustrations," exhibits their strength to form health and wellbeing perceptions, practices, and rules, and identifies their social, cultural, and ancient contexts. individuals: Lisa Cartwright, Vanessa Northington Gamble, Rachel Gans-Boriskin, Valerie Hartouni, Susan E. Lederer, John Parascandola, Martin S. Pernick, Leslie J. Reagan, Naomi Rogers, Nancy Tomes, Paula A. Treichler, Joseph Turow

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Free showings also attracted large audiences of those unable or unwilling to pay for health films. 3 Other audiences were more or less willing captives. School children reportedly constituted an eager audience when school films were a novelty, but attendance was usually required. S. Steel, and Ford Motor Company, rewarded or required employee attendance at company sponsored health and safety movies. S. military ordered all armed forces personnel to watch films on topics from fallen arches to fallen women as a mandatory part of basic training.

The effort to publicize these novel causes of disease was a major motive for the production of health education films. Yet while these films emphasized aspects of the new etiology, they also retained many older causal concepts as well. Although they attributed disease to specific new microscopic agents, they simultaneously blamed older general causes like filth. They continued to assess who to blame, and in assigning guilt, they emphasized individual responsibility rather than structural or systemic failures.

Both Fit to Fight and The End of the Road feature characters whose traditional moral training but lack of scientific knowledge causes them to get infected. Their point is not that science has replaced morality, but that both scientific information and morality are necessary to prevent diseases. Both films argue that parents have a moral obligation to provide their children with scientific sex education. In specifying what is to blame for disease, each film discussed in this chapter points to particular individuals, not to broader social structures.

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