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DATE: 1944

LENGTH: 22 min

CATEGORY: Educational & Instructional, Sound, Black & White

DIRECTOR: Arthur Lubin

PRODUCER/PUBLISHER: Walter Wanger with United States Public Health Service

Warning: The film contains explicit images of disease and intrusive medical treatment. Viewer discretion advised.

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