• Short Summary

    Increase of cases of Infantile Paralysis disturbs the nation.

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    Second title reads 'Is Enough Being Done - figures for year's first quarter show large increase". GV. Pan, children playing on roundabouts and playing around a small boating pool. GV. Ministry of Health. CU. Sign " Ministry of Health." SV. Minister of Health Mr Denis Vosper coming out of doorway. CU. Minister of Health. SV. Interior at the Beckenham Laboratories showing girl cutting monkey's kidneys which are used for Polio vaccine. CU. Girl cutting up monkey's kidney. SV. Two scientists at work in the virus processing room. CU. Flask containing virus. SV. Scientists infecting bottle. CU. Liquid going into bottle. CU. Scientist. SV. Scientist corks the bottle. SV. Bottle on rack. GV. Exterior, American university. AS. Name on building "Horas H. Rackham, School of Graduate Studies." CU. Dr Jonas Salk the inventor of Polio vaccine. LV. American President Dwight Eisenhower with Dr Salk in front of rostrum. SV. Dr Salk with another man. SV. Line of press cameras. SV. Ike Eisenhower speaking to Salk (natural sound): "When I think of all these agonies that these people will be spared as they see their loved ones suffering in bed I must say to you I have no words in which to adequately express the thanks of myself, all the people I know and the 164,000,000 Americans to say nothing of all the other people in the world who will profit from your discovery. I am very, very happy to hand this to you." LV. Interior children with their mothers waiting to be vaccinated against Polio. SV. Mother with her children waiting. SV. Officials at table sorting out documents. CU. Little boy. SV. Mother sits down accompanied by little child who is about to be vaccinated. CU. Little girl on mother's lap, she looks up at the doctor. AS. Fixing vaccine filled hypodermic needle. SV. Doctor bends down to vaccinate the little girl. SV. Little girl being inoculated. LV. Interior - chemists at work in the Manchester University testing serum from vaccinated children. SV. Girl sucking in tube blood in a pipette, & CU. SV. Top view as she places the pipette into test tube for measuring purposes.

    SV. Chemist at work at microscope examining serum. SV. Looking through microscope, he takes tube out and replaces with another one, & SCU. CU. Chemist looking through microscope. LV. Interior of the Neasden Hospital. Iron lung being closed down on patient. SCU. Doctor holding patient's head at top of iron lung. AS. Nurse with antiseptic mask over her face. SV. Patient in iron lung, nurse walks round to keep watch over him. CU. Pump attached to iron lung working. SV. Nurse, pan down to patient's head outside the iron lung. LV. New type of rocking bed for Polio patients, nurses in attendance. CU. Nurse looking down at patient while she is rocking up and down on bed. SV. Patient being rocked up and down on bed. LV. Little Janice Holloway aged 3 having her legs exercised. CU. Janice Holloway lying on the bed. SV. Top shot, Janice Holloway's legs being exercised. SV. Leanora aged 5 with her mother. She walks towards the camera on her own after a little help from her mother. GV. Exterior, Silver Wood Residence for Polio patients, Cobham. CU. Name plate 'Residence for Polios'. LV. Lesley Wager aged 44 sitting in his wheelchair making jewellery. Lesley Wager comes from Leytonstone and has had Polio since he was three. SV. Fixing piece of jewellery together on his affected hand. CU. Lesley Wager. SCU. Lesley fixing piece of jewellery together on his hand. CU. Jewellery on his hand. SV. Towards and pan, an attendant pushing 33 year old Elizabeth Higgins in wheelchair. She has had Polio for four years and was originally a ballet dancer in King's Rhapsody. SV. Interior, man and woman sorting out and packing Christmas cards. On the left is 45 year old Reggie Farrow who has had Polio since he was 7 but got well enough to work as a farm labourer for a time. On the right is Betty Chetteham of Liverpool. CU. Reggie Farrow. SV. Reggie Farrow folding Christmas cards with a little difficulty with his Polio affected hands, & CU. SV. Two men playing a game of chess. CU. John Beckenham holding a special stick in his mouth which helps him to push the chess figures on the board.

    CU. Chess figures being pushed into position. SCU. John with stick in mouth, pan down to chess man being moved. LV. Two men playing chess. In foreground is Mary Gould, she is at work at the typewriter typing with a stick in her mouth. At one time she was studying literature at a university. SV. Mary sitting at electric typewriter with special stick in her mouth tapping the typewriter keys, & SV. CU. Mary with stick in mouth operating typewriter keys. SCU. Typewriter keys being tapped. CU. Mary finishes typing, looks at the camera and smiles. GV. Pan, children playing in school playground. SV. Interior, little boy, pan up to Pathe reporter Bill Symon interviewing Mrs Roberts. CU. Bill Symon asking question (natural sound): "Did you want to have your child inoculated against Polio?" SV. Mrs Roberts replying (natural sound): "Timothy is nearly three and very nearly my whole life so of course I want him inoculated but I don't believe in getting scared about Polio or mothers would never have a moment's peace. What we have to do is take proper precautions." CU. Mrs Roberts continues: "Surely the vaccine must be made available." SV. Girls in playground, playing leapfrog. SV. Boys and girls running about in playground. GV. Pan, boys and girls playing in playground.


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    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:17:22:00 / 01:23:10:00

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