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DATE: 1942

LENGTH: 13 min.

Educational & Instructional, Sound, Black & White

DIRECTOR: Uncredited

PRODUCER/PUBLISHER: New York State Department of Health


Sanitary problems occur when 9,000 people in search of employment descend on a tiny town in Seneca County, New York, where a war industry plant is established. Local Health Problems documents the problems and the efforts of local and state public health officers to solve them. This low-budget, state-funded production, is essentially a silent film with narrator and generic music added.

Supplementary Materials

Stills from Local Health Problems in War Industry Areas

Other Films Featured in the Essay

Explore thirteen films considered in the “Public Health Films Go to War” essay.

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Prints & Photographs Collection

These posters, produced by or for the U.S. military in conjunction with campaigns that also employed films, come from the Prints and Photographs collection of the National Library. Explore these and more from the NLM’s Images in the History of Medicine.

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