• Short Summary

    Alternative medicine versus orthodox medicine debate.

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    GV. Students gathered round X-ray machine with patient lying on table. GV. Champneys, one of the alternative medicine centres (nature cure centre). SV. Towards, woman in bath towel walking towards camera with nurse.

    SV. Mr Blackman giving pulse and blood pressure test to patient. CU. Sphygmometer with the mercury rising. SV. Mr Blackman and patient.

    TV. Woman in steam box and having it closed around her. SCU. Woman's face smiling. SV. Nurse switching on heat. CU. Bowl of salt, hands taking some salt out. GV. Salt is rubbed into patient's back. GV. Man sitting in hot bath. CU. Clock. GV. Man gets out of the hot bath and sits in cold one. GV. Man having osteopathic treatment, & SCU. AS. Osteopath as he turns the patient over. SV. Turning patient over and presses down on his side.

    GV. Pathe Reporter Bill Symon and Mr Blackman, Chief Practitioner at Champneys, talking (natural sound). SV. Bill Symon asks: "What is so different about the nature cure treatment?" Doctor explains that, contrary to traditional medicine they treat not only symptoms of a disease but cause of it as well. GV. Patients sitting round on lawn. SV. Two people. SV. Frenchman tells Bill Symon: "I am now for twelve days days without food."

    GV. Mr Wood, the editor of the natural healing movement chief magazine, and Bill Symon walking towards camera. SCU. Bill Symon asks: "What is the future of nature cure treatment?" Mr Wood answers that in future this will become everybody's treatment.

    GV. Interior of a lecture room at Nature Cure College at Hampstead, London. SV. Students paying attention to lecturer. GV. Model lying on bed, student standing round and tutor places hands on girl's stomach. CU. Hand stretch skin on stomach. GV. X-ray room with students standing round as girl lays on table and man starts to lower x-ray machine. SV. Tutor lowering machine onto model's back. SCU. Students looking on. CU. Tutor pointing out areas along back. GV. Patients waiting to be treated in waiting room.

    GV. Middlesex Hospital. LV. Name 'The Middlesex Hospital'. GV. St George's Hospital. GV. St Bartholomew's Hospital. GV. Bill Symon talking to a doctor who calls for reason and science. SV. Bill asks the doctor a question "What do you think about nature cure?" He denies the ability of 'nature doctors' to cure serious diseases.

    AS. Sign above chemist national health dispensing. GV. Interior of chemist, man walks in with prescription. SV. Prescription being handed to assistant followed by the shilling. GV. Corridor in hospital. SV. Nurse switching on X-ray plates on wall for doctor to view. SV. X-rays over doctor's shoulder. GV. Part of Champneys grounds. GV. Interior, man having osteopathic treatment.

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    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:43:36:00 / 01:47:20:00

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