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Tracing the Spread of Infection
Doctors undertake forensic-style detective work to identify the origins of outbreaks, in the fascinating film from the early days of the NHS.
Documentary 1949 23 mins
Before the widespread use of antibiotics infectious diseases regularly ran rife through hospitals, and tracing the source of infections was of critical concern. The film describes in fascinating detail the scientific detective work involved in identifying the origins of outbreaks, a discipline which at times resembles a CSI-style forensic investigation.
As antibiotic resistance increases around the globe, we can only hope such diligent methods aren't required once again in future.
NHS on Film
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Public Information Filler 1985 1 mins
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Health at the Centre
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Grounded on the Platters: HMS Conway
Home movie 1953 7 mins Location: Anglesey/Ynysmôn
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Exeter Real Ale Festival
News 1975 3 mins Location: Exeter
The wet and warm ale goes down a treat as aficionados gather to celebrate real ale.
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News 1979 2 mins Location: Plymouth
Experimentation with a coat for two leaves couples with really no escape.
Bath Festival of Blues and Progressive Music
News 1970 2 mins Location: Shepton Mallet
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Dawson: Lower Penn Show
Home movie 1954 4 mins Location: Lower Penn
Another blustery summer day in the 1950s and it's Lower Penn's carnival parade.