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Arise and Walk: A Film Illustrating the Prevention and Cure of Cripples

A morality lesson from the 1920s to teach us that it is sinful to not attempt to cure disability.

1929 9 mins Silent



Even before the advent of the Welfare State, disability and impairment were strongly linked to the promotion of public health. This series of films from the 1920s emphasises the need to “cure” disabling conditions as early as possible, or a life of poverty and want could be the result. The now-dated terminology reflects the period.

Note: this film contains footage of a naked young woman being examined as a patient.