One of the treasures preserved by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) is a World War II U.S. Navy training film directed by and starring Gene Kelly, who was then a rising Hollywood star. Combat Fatigue Irritability is a historically significant, yet largely unknown, work.
Now, NLM's History of Medicine Division (HMD) is making the film available to a wide audience, with supplementary materials from NLM historians. That includes a unique interview with Kelly's daughter, Kerry Kelly Novick.
Novick, a developmental psychoanalyst who studied under Anna Freud, was a guest speaker during NLM's February Board of Regents' Dinner.
The History of Medicine Division has added both her talk and her interview to its Medical Movies on the Web portal. The site features a full-length version of Combat Fatigue Irritability. Along with the film is a valuable research tool, a searchable transcript, plus written commentary by NLM historian Michael Sappol, Ph.D.
Speaking as a daughter and a mental health professional, Novick talked about her father and messages in the film that are still relevant for service men and women and their families.
Novick's interview with Sappol and HMD Chief Jeffrey S. Reznick, Ph.D., is also a recent feature of the HMD blog, Circulating Now: http://circulatingnow.nlm.nih.gov/tag/gene-kelly/
"The interview will be appreciated alongside the film by generations of researchers, health professionals, educators, and students," says Reznick.
Glen P. Campbell, Chairman
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