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The NHS film unit

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 23 September 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3828
  1. James Owen Drife, retired professor of obstetrics and gynaecology, Leeds
  1. J.O.Drife{at}

    When I heard that the British Film Institute has a mediatheque on tour showing old films about coal, I felt a rush of nostalgia. I grew up in a Scottish mining village where “NCB,” the logo of the National Coal Board, had a much higher profile than the NHS. The local cinema didn’t do social realism, however, and until recently I had never heard of the NCB Film Unit.

    Its spiritual forerunner, the GPO (General Post Office) Film Unit, …

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