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July 25, 2003
MBL/WHOI Library and Woods Hole Film Festival Co-Sponsor "Psychiatric Cinema" - Rarely Seen Films from the National Library of Medicine, July 30

WOODS HOLE, MA - As part of its ongoing effort to explore the intersection of film and science, the Woods Hole Film Festival, together with the Marine Biological Laboratory/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (MBL/WHOI) Library, will present a unique opportunity to view rarely seen selections from the archives of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) on Wednesday, July 30 at 7:30 PM in the Marine Biological Laboratory’s Lillie Auditorium, MBL Street, Woods Hole.  Michael Sappol, curator and historian at the NLM will host the evening.

These rarely seen films, some dating back to the early 1900s, represent, explain, and study human character, behavior, emotions, mental health and illness, and the therapies intended to deal with these problems. The original intended audiences were medical students and professionals, the general public, army troops, and researchers.

Tickets for the screening are $9.00; $7.00 for students, seniors, and children under 12.  For more information or to purchase tickets, contact the Woods Hole Film Festival at 508-495-FILM or visit http://www.woodsholefilmfestival.com.

Sappol will also offer a workshop on working with footage from the NLM from 12:00 to 3:00 PM on July 30th at the Marine Biological Laboratory.  Fee for the workshop is $50.00.  For more information or to register, call the Woods Hole Film Festival at 508-457-0800.

Michael Sappol is a curator-historian in the History of Medicine Division of the National Library of Medicine. He holds a Ph.D. in history from Columbia University and is the author of A Traffic of Dead Bodies, which is about anatomy in 19th-century America. At the Library, he puts together museum exhibitions related to the history of medicine, science, and technology. His current exhibition, Dream Anatomy, focuses on the history of anatomical representation, from 1500 to the present.

The Marine Biological Laboratory is an internationally known, independent, nonprofit research and educational institution. It conducts the highest level of original research and education in biology, including the biomedical and environmental sciences. MBL hosts research programs in cell and developmental biology, ecosystems studies, molecular biology and evolution, neurobiology, behavior, global infectious diseases and sensory physiology. Its intensive graduate-level educational program is renowned throughout the life sciences. Founded in 1888, the MBL is the oldest private marine laboratory in the western hemisphere.