Health, lies and videotape

Hard to believe, but we once considered heroin a suitable cough suppressant for children, and tapeworms a miracle diet aid! Join us for a tour through the Public Health film archives to find out what health advice was REALLY like in mid-20th century Britain, and just how far we have come in our understanding of disease prevention and treatment.

We will be showing a series of public health films shown from 1942-1968, looking at issues ranging from obesity and smoking to vaccinations. Alongside the films, our panel of medical researchers and science historians will be discussing just how much has changed, helping us to sift the fact from the fiction, and the daft from the downright dangerous.

Date: Wednesday 12th June 2012
Time: 7pm, for a 7.30pm start
Place: The Academy of Medical Sciences, 41 Portland Place London W1B 1QH [gmap]
Cost: Free but ticketed see below for more info

Leeches! Good for what ails you!

All films have kindly been provided by the Wellcome Trust and the BFI.

There will be a cash bar on site.


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