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Mellanby films. Compilation 5, Canine hysteria.

  • Film

About this work


Mellanby film compilation 5 is made up of reels 3, 6 and 10 of the original films. It contains footage of nutritional experiments which detail the effects of various controlled diets on gait and general behaviour of dogs. Title frames give details of the animals diets. Here, in particular investigations are made to see if hysteria can be produced by giving dogs diets containing bleached and improved flour. We see footage of a dog showing varying degrees of 'hysteria' leading to an epileptiform fit.


[Place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], 1945-50.

Physical description

3 film reels (34.47 min. total) : silent, black and white, 16 mm


Papers and correspondence are held by Archive and Manuscripts; PP/MEL.
This compilation is the fifth of 10 from a collection of films made at the NIMR to show the effect of various experimental diets on dogs. The collection of films is partly of scientific, partly of historical and biographical interest and comprises 18 reels of research film on aspects of nutrition, including research into Vitamin A deficiency and the nutritional value of cod liver oil, together with two reels of 'home movies' made in Sheffield, Cornwall and London at various dates between 1933 and 1953.

Creator/production credits

Sir Edward and Lady May Mellanby, University of Sheffield and MRC Human Nutritional Research Unit, NIMR, Mill Hill, London

Copyright note




  • English

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