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Journey into medicine (1947)

Journey into medicine / United States Information Service ; produced by Affiliated Film Producers ; directed by Willard Van Dyke. 1947.

A documentary/recruitment film originally intended for showings outside the United States to promote careers in public health and American methods in public health education. Directed by social documentarian Willard Van Dyke (known for his earlier work on The City and The River), and delivered entirely in the characteristic voice-over narration of that genre, the film centers around a young doctor, who during the course of his medical residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital becomes disillusioned with the failures of the medical profession to address larger social and environmental health factors and turns to the field of public health. The young doctor moves to Baltimore to study at the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health (today known as the Bloomberg School of Public Health), and finds his professional calling fighting a diphtheria outbreak in the poverty-stricken streets and row-houses of East Baltimore, where much of the second half of the film was shot on location. Well-known medical and public health professionals of the day play themselves in supporting roles.