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Documenting Rural Healthcare in the 1950s
- Mike Darwin
This film is an important window on the state of, and attitudes toward, heallthcare in the rural United States in the mid-1950s. Other reviewes have described this film as "racist and sexist" and have stated that, " This makes Reefer Madness look normal." Such ignorance and jaundiced perspective are very distrubing. This film shows the reality, not just of health care, but of life in non-urban America at that time. It was also often the reality (or worse) for many poor and working class people who lived in cities. To be operated upon, or deliver a baby on a kitchen table with ether dripped onto an ether cone was, if not a commonplace, not uncommon, either. In 1955 only 34% of the mainland U.S. civilian population had health insurance. Tuberculosis was just coming under "control" (that's why the chest x-rays in the film; and why a child was being x-rayed). People routinely died at home from treatable conditions often in great pain simply because they could not afford "hospital care", or even medical attention from a General Practioner.It is certainly true that women worked in the home and no small reason for this was because keeping house, including preparing meals, required 8 hours or more a day of work. It was also the case that the birth control pill was not to become widely available until 1960 and that in most states condoms required a physician's prescription and cost roughly $5.00 apiece. As a result, the typical married woman had several, and often as many 6 to 8 children to care for. Out of the home labor for men was often physically demanding and hazardous and was truly no place for wowen. A great deal of the "equalization" of the sexes that has occurred since then was a direct result of technological advance, and more particularly, of advances in medicine and the biology of reproduction. Weird? The only thing weird is the perspective of these two reviewers.
I am a nurse and my daughter is in nursing school. We laughed so hard! especially on "we women are tired of having our babies on the kitchen table." Glad health care has advanced so far! Did it seriously cost $245,000 to kill each enemy? Movie was sexist, racist
My son and his wife were RN's in Alaska a number of years back. Is it possible to obtain a copy of this short movie as a gift for them.
Unbelievably weird and entertaining
- Old Dude
This short came on in between a couple of undersea movies. I was spontaneously adding dialog because it was so odd to entertain my wife (or myself), then I just kept quiet because the real dialog was unbelievable. I can't wait to watch this again. This one is a pip! This makes Reefer Madness look normal.
- David Whiteside
I just saw this movie that my mother starred in, Phyllis Parker. I have been looking for this movie for 30 years to no avail and then since I basically only watch TCM, I turned it on and there she was. How can I get my hands on a recording of this? Please contact me. It was a really good movie to boot! David Whiteside - firstname.lastname@example.org