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MEDICAL. Scenes in the Kala-Azar [visceral leishmaniasis, dum-dum fever, tropical splenomegaly, or sirkari disease] endemic area in Bengal. Living conditions in Bengal and Calcutta.

Main title (14). "Scenes in the Kala-Azar Endemic Areas in Bengal." (27). A village treatment centre near Calcutta. The school car arriving." (36). Indians stand outside huts waiting for the arrival of the car; pan left to road, car pulls up and three Indian doctors alight (57). "Injections being given; The waiting crowd." (65). An Indian doctor sits by a table surrounded by a semi-circle of people. He injects two small boys (127). "Some clinical types." (134). A mother and six children are examined by a doctor (147). "A heavily infected homestead. Thick mud walls & thatched roof." (157). Pan left and right of dwelling (165). Family leave the small doorway (167). The family, man, woman and small child, stand by a pond (168). "The water supply." (175). LS a man walks down some steps to a pond and drinks from it (180). "Inside the compound, chickens & ducks roam freely and share the family's sleeping quarters." (197). A chicken in the compound while the family sits on a verandah (204). "The cowshed. (Insect collector emerging with sandflies.)" (212). An Indian leads two cows from the shed (221). An Indian doctor emerges carrying a test tube (223). "Of this family 8 members had Kala-Azar. One suffered from dermal lesions also." (233). A small, naked boy turns around for the camera, no lesions are seen (239). "The newly-born infant has so far escaped infection, so also have 2 girls, who live most of the year, at the London Mission School near-by." (259). "London Mission Girl's School." (267). Pan right and left of brick-built school (291). Clover view of girls playing in the compound and on the verandah (304). LS of the school compound (313). "Another group of huts; the grain store in the foreground; cowshed on the left, sleeping quarters in background with the fowl house under the verandah (being opened.)" (336). Pan right and left of same; a small door is opened in the hut in the background (362). "We visit a distant village by country boat and footpath." (372). Travelling shot from boat along a river, passing a village (398). Footpaths in the jungle (413). "An infected hut. A poorer class residence; A single-roomed hut which the family and domestic animals live - they have no cow." (440). LS of the hut with the family standing outside; pan left to another hut (471). "Four out of five have it [Kala-Azar], or have had it (Excluding the newly-born infant.)" (481). MS of a mother and five children (493). "Spectators. Those who have had Kala-Azar and have been treated and cured at the Centre, are asked to put up their hands." (514). Nine men pose for camera, most raise their hands, pan left and right to show a total group of twenty men (528). "It is essentially a disease of rural areas, but there is an endemic focus in Calcutta city." (548). "The disease is rare in the crowded business and Indian residential areas." (559). Calcutta street scene showing a busy crossroads with Indians and horse carts (604). "It is more common on the outskirts in semi-rural surroundings." (616). Pan right of a village on the outskirts of the city by a large pond (660). "It is rare amongst well-to-do Europeans living in well-built houses." (673). A large three-story mansion, with drive and gardens (698). "But it is common amongst the servants living in their compounds." (705). A servant exits a door in a small stone-built building (706). "General view of Endemic Area." (712). Pan of rooftops of Calcutta, including a church (743). "Street scenes in Endemic Area." (752). A side street, children playing, a horse cart passes along (778); another side street (788). "Old damp brick houses, in bad state of repair, are most heavily infected: - a few compounds in infected houses." (808). An Indian in European dress with a small boy stands in his compound (822); another compound (840); a poorer compound (858). "The association between overcrowded insanitary conditions and Kala-Azar is by no means complete." (865). "This very insanitary and overcrowded group of huts, in the Endemic Area, has provided few cases." (883). Two alleyways in poor areas (916ft). Incomplete?




Technical Data

Running Time:
10 minutes
Film Gauge (Format):
35mm Film
915 ft

Production Credits

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Production Company
Calcutta School of Tropical Medicine