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1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 531 (515)

1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition
1947-48 Theatre Catalog
1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 531
Page 531

1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 531

veteran patients, but films can serve to reinforce the work of medical authorities, to strengthen the patients will to get well, to keep him interested in normal activities, and to make life in a Veterans Administration hospital a bit more like life outside and at home.

The social effect of films on some mental patients is discussed in a report from a Massachusetts hospital (Framingham) concerning closed-ward patients:

itWhen the program first started some of the patients were hesitant about going and remained back in the ward. Now when we go to escort them over, the majority are waiting and are not at all hesitant about attending the show. They show a keen interest in who is featured and so forth. The two or three hours absence from a closed ward certainly is beneficial and does stimulate interest in something besides themselves."

In addition to this work, assistance was given medical authorities experimenting with a new type of diet for closed-Ward patients. A diversified recreation program was desired during this experiment, including intensive use of films, which, according to medical authorities, play an important part in keeping up the morale of patients with mental disorders.

Some Cases

At The Bronx, New York, the chief of the chest section wrote, itSince regular showing of 16-min. films was instituted in this ward, there has been a marked improvement in the morale of patients. It has assisted us materially, too, insofar as we can maintain better discipline since patients do not attempt surreptitiously to attend auditorium shows. They no longer feel that, as TB patients, they are missing out on regular full-length feature films."

In the absence of the regular projectionist at the Saratoga Springs, New York, hospital, the hospital manager pitched in to operate the 16-min. equipment so that patients would not be deprived of the scheduled program.

At Salt Lake City, one veteran, hospitalized after an explosion and virtually immobilized, was in such agony that doctors felt a movie would be the only thing to take his mind off his pain. As many 16-min. films were shown him as time permitted until he was well on the way to recovery.

At Jefferson Barracks, Missouri. a physician on a general medical ward phoned the recreation office about a veteran paralyzed except for a slight movement in his right hand. He would die soon. There was nothing medical science could do for him. It was desirable to have Recreation personnel come in and give him something to keep his mind free. The boy was lying fiat on his back, staring at the ceiling. It was difficult to find something to ease his mind. He agreed to have someone read to him and this was done daily. After further visits he expressed an interest in seeing motion pictures and special 16-min. showings were arranged. in addition, the projectionist installed a finger-snap device to enable the patient to turn his radio on and off. These were small and inadequate things to do for a boy doomed to die. However, the pleasure he gained speaks well for the part recreation and film activities can play in a hospital.


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TYPICAL OF THE EQUIPMENT used in the Veterans Administration motion-picture program are the item: shown in these two pictures. Above is a cart developed for the special purpose at the hospital in Alexandria, Louisiana. Below shows a few of the different types of Iii-mm. proiectors used in tho Administration's branch office in Dallas, Texas. Arc-lamp proiectors are included in the equipment.
1947-48 Theatre Catalog, 6th Edition, Page 531