Section 10 Videos and Web Resources

Videos and web resources for Section 10, A History of Health Institutions and Programs.


The following websites provide a wealth of interesting resources, with varying amounts of contextual information. A paper assignment asking students to investigate the historical context of an image or collection of images can be a useful way to engage with this material.


US National Library of Medicine Digital Collections

A fascinating collection of posters, images and videos from the history of public health and medicine in the United States. It also includes material from US health programs abroad. For a starting point with a connection to the Peter Brown reading, students can take a look at the cartoon Private Snafu vs. Malaria Mike.


Public Health Image Library – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s image library includes a wealth of historical and current images. Students can search by topic or disease to find images relevant to their interests.


The History of Vaccines

This website’s image gallery of drawings and photos from the history of vaccination is an especially useful resource.




Quest for the Killers: The Last Wild Virus

This 1985 hour-long TV program is hard to find, but it contains striking footage of the Smallpox Eradication Program in Bangladesh, including instances of coercion. It provides an excellent companion to the Greenough piece if it is available through your university library.


Stamping Out Smallpox Is Just One Chapter of His Brilliant Life Story – PBS NewsHour

A short (6 min) piece on the fascinating life of Larry Brilliant, who is featured in Greenough’s chapter on smallpox eradication.

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