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February 12, 1938

Current Comment

JAMA. 1938;110(7):514-515. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790070038015

THE PNEUMONIA FILM "A NEW DAY"  Sponsored by the United States Public Health Service, the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company has developed a motion picture entitled "A New Day," which is now being shown by health departments and other agencies in many motion picture houses throughout the country. This picture promotes the cause of scientific medicine and teaches a few simple lessons regarding pneumonia. The film features Gilbert Emery, an actor who appeared to advantage in "The Magnificent Obsession" and also in "The Life of Emile Zola." The plot is simple: the mother ill with pneumonia, the father calling the family doctor, the taking of a specimen for typing, the correct diagnosis of the disease, the personal care by the physician, and the administration of specific serum. With this simple plot, the film nevertheless has strong emotional appeal and teaches perfectly for the public the importance of getting the family doctor

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