The motion picture in medical education (1962)

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The motion picture in medical education

Title The motion picture in medical education
Year of production 1962
Country of production États-Unis
Duration 25 minutes
Format Parlant - Couleur - 16 mm
Original language(s) English
Production companies Sturgis-Grant Productions Inc.
Sponsor(s) American Medical Association
Archive holder(s) National Library of Medicine
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  • Reporting images  : No.
  • Studio pictures  : No.
  • Archive footage  : Yes.
  • Animation sequences  : Yes.
  • Inter-titles  : No.
  • Animator  : No.
  • Voice over  : Yes.
  • Interview  : No.
  • Music and sound effects : No.
  • Images featured in other films : No.

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Pour comparaison, introduction du fascicule Motion pictures of the US Department of Agriculture, Agriculture Handbook No. 14 (1960) :

The motion pictures produced by the Department of Agricuture are informational and instructional in type. They are designed to demonstrate improved methods in agriculture and home economics; to stress the need for conservation of soil and other resources, to explain the farm credit system, the rural electrification system, forestry, land use, marketing, and kindred subjects; and to help increase the effectiveness of cooperative extension work. (...)

THE MOTION PICTURES of the United States Department of Agriculture


You are a farm leader planning a program for a meeting or television broadcast and you want to show a USDA film. You want the film to help make the meeting a success.How should you select and show it to get this result? Your program might be very informal and you may want a film merely for entertainment's sake. In that case you might go through this catalog and select the film with the most general or dramatic interest. Movies can and should be enjoyed... and if the film helps to establish the right frame of mind to carry on with farm matters... well, that's one of the important advantages of movies.
Usually, however, your program will deal with one or more important farm problems. Your purpose is to show these problems and instruct your group in how to overcome them. The film you use will have to serve as a tool. You will want to select and show your film in a different way.
First, how good a form of instruction is the film? The film is not imited by time and space. It can take you to a fruit orchard in California and in one second's time whisk you to a dairy farm in Maine. It can show you in giant-sized pictures how the little bee makes honey and the cow makes milk; it can show you months of plant growth in the time it takes to read this; it can show you how sheep are sheared and great fields of wheat harvested. In short, it can bring the agricultural world into your meeting and into your home.
And because it strikes the intellect and emotion at the same time during a period of high concentration (in a dark room), the film can impress knowledge on the mind quicker and keep it there longer than any other single medium of instruction.
But the film has some limitations also, one of which particularly should be understood if you're going to use the film with success in your meeting. That is the limitation of subject coverage. As a rule, the short information film simply can't show every facet of a subject; there is always more to be explained.
Even Department films, which are produced with a wealth of agricultural knowledge,cannot individually say it all thre is to say on any one topic. That is why the Department tries to make more than one film on a subject, viewing it from as many sides as possible. (For complete coverage, the Depatment uses many different information media; combined they do a thorough job of informing the farmer.)
If you recognize this limitation, you will select and show your film with good judgement.
You know the purpose of your program? Is it going to be on milk production? Cotton insects? Conservation? Then look for the film that bears most nearly on the subject. You will probably find one or more in this catalog.
Then when you show the film, don't rely on it alone to carry your message. Discuss the subject thoroughly, inviting questions and using information from the film to get points across. If possible, use other information media dealing with the same subject: pamphlets, charts, etc. The Department has many publications you can use. For information on them, write to Publications Division, Office of Information, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington 25, D.C., and ask for List No 5, "Popular Publications for the Farmer and Homemaker." Films, in combination with other information media, will stimulate thought and interest and will open the way to a wider study of the subject.
You will then have used the film to best advantage, in the way it was meant to be used - as an information tool to help farmers help themselves.


Film is the life blood of the motion-picture industry. Its care is as important as the care of the equipment used to project it. Prints are expensive; they should be handled with care. You will be held responsible for prints that are damaged.


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