Corporations involved in medical filmmaking include pharmaceutical manufacturers, makers of medical devices, insurance companies such as Metropolitan Life, publishing companies such as McGraw-Hill, and others.
Some 400 films in the collection were produced or supported by pharmaceutical companies including Merck, Eli Lilly, Bayer, Smith Kline + French, Wellcome, Ayerset, Roche, and others. MD International, with opening remarks by then Vice-President Richard M. Nixon, is one.
Davis and Geck
The NLM holds nearly 700 films associated with Davis and Geck, a surgical/medical device company founded in 1909. According to the University of Connecticut’s finding aid to the Davis & Geck Company records, the company specialized in surgical sutures, beginning with catgut and moving on to kangaroo tendons and later to advanced synthetic materials. In 1928, the Davis and Geck Company began to produce surgical films as a way to document new procedures and to assist in the training of doctors and nurses. This program continued into the 1980s as the Cliné Clinic Films Program.