Early years of Communicable Disease Center (CDC) and an introduction to CDC's new buildings on 1600 Clifton Road, Atlanta, Georgia.

PART I: The film begins by clips and interviews about MCWA (1942-46) DDT sprays of military areas and rat control for murine typhus. Dr. Brooke and Mae Melvin spoke about training classes after the MCWA, the entomological museum, and laboratory animals. Stories were told about rabies virus innovation, Smithsonian troubles, and odd jobs of the audio-visual unit. Finally, Dr. Langmuir and several former EIS officers told stories about challenges and dedication.

KEY NAMES: Fred Kroger, Harry Pratt, Dr. Joseph Mountain, Marion Brooke, Mae Melvin, Henry M. Colvin, Dr. Charles Shepherd, James G. Pine, Jean S. Smith, George Baer, Dr. Paul Rice, Ladene Newton, David Rowe, Dr. Alexander Langmuir, Lyle J. Conrad, Carl W. Tyler, Eli Freidman, Philip Brachman, Ida Sherman, Dr. Michael B. Gregg, Dr. Kent Campbell, William C Watson, James W Hicks, Dr. Larry Smith, Philip R. Horne, Gordon Robbins, Billy G. Griggs, Donald Hopkins, William H. Foege, David J. Sencer, Alexander Cohen, James O Mason, Robert Kennedy, Dr. William Stewart.

KEY WORDS: Malaria Control in War Areas (MCWA), WWII, DDT, Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS), Smithsonian, Puerto Rico, museum, venereal disease (VD), Immunization Assistance Act, National Immunization Program, Occupational Safety & Health, Morgantown, Peace Corps, entomological museum, malaria, typhus, smallpox, leprosy, rabies, black lung.


The David J. Sencer CDC Museum at the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Road, Atlanta, GA 30333


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