Film, Video The Forgotten Frontier

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The Forgotten Frontier
Contributor Names
Frontier Nursing Service
Breckinridge, Mary
Breckinridge, Marvin
Created / Published
Subject Headings
-  Nonfiction films
-  Documentary films
-  Feature films
Nonfiction films
Documentary films
Feature films
-  Sound: This moving image content is silent, and was created without sound or a soundtrack.
-  Summary: This is a documentary about the Frontier Nursing Service (FNS), which provides medical assistance to the people of the Appalachian mountain area. The FNS focuses on medical care for women and children. A group of people arrive at Hazard, Kentucky to observe the FNS in action. Mary Breckinridge, founder of the FNS, takes them by car and horse to the Wendover Center, the regional headquarters. She tells them of the work of the FNS. They operate from various centers located in this part of Kentucky, such as the Caroline Butler Atwood Memorial Center and the Possum Bend Center. Nurses travel by horse through all kinds of weather to reach their patients. The nurses give inoculation shots to children and adults at a schoolhouse. A man brings two sick newborns to the hospital of the FNS in Hyden for treatment. A nurse delivers a baby. The nurses take care of their horses. Two men meet in the woods. One accuses the other of shooting his brother and then shoots him. A boy finds the wounded man and gets a nurse. Several men carry the man to the Hyden Hospital. A doctor is summoned, and the man recovers. The observers have learned much about the care provided by the FNS.
Film, Video
Call Number/Physical Location
Mavis identifier: 62166
Source Collection
Patterson (Jefferson, Mrs.) Collection (Library Of Congress)
Motion Picture, Broadcasting And Recorded Sound Division
Online Format

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Frontier Nursing Service, Mary Breckinridge, and Marvin Breckinridge. The Forgotten Frontier. 1930. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, (Accessed January 17, 2018.)

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Frontier Nursing Service, Breckinridge, M. & Breckinridge, M. (1930) The Forgotten Frontier. [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Frontier Nursing Service, Mary Breckinridge, and Marvin Breckinridge. The Forgotten Frontier. 1930. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.