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  • Film

About this work

Also known as

A Day in Hospital


This film has no formal titles or credits but appears to show 'modern' treatments available in the hospital. Intertitles explain the treatments along with footage. Firstly radiography is explained. A child (a boy of around 9 years old) has his shoulder x-rayed. Then a group of doctors and nurses put plaster on a patient's leg prior to x-raying it. Next a woman is given a barium meal and then x-rayed. The resultant x-ray is shown. Silica dust is shown in the lung of another patient together with an x-ray. A male patient is shown and the intertitles outline that cancer and lupus can be diagnosed via x-ray. The eye department is seen. A male patient who has a splinter of steel in his eye is treated with a giant powerful magnet - the patient then has his eye and head bandaged. A portable x-ray machine is shown transported to a ward. The Casualty Ward is one of the busiest; a patient is shown arriving via an ambulance and then stretchered out. Other patients are treated. A doctor is shown collecting a sample of air from a patient's lung. The air is chemically analysed and this is illustrated by showing a spirograph in operation. Finally a very primitive electrocardiographic apparatus is shown in action (although it does more resemble a torture chair!).


[Place of publication not identified], [1932]

Physical description

1 film reel (10 min.) : silent, black and white 16 mm


This is the original edited master (joins are throughout).

Creator/production credits

Reel two of three films attributed to the Royal Hospital Sheffield which celebrated its centenary in 1932. The hospital was demolished in 1978.

Copyright note

Copyright previously held by British Medical Association and assigned to Wellcome in 2005


  • English


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