The Kiss of Death (1991)

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    United Kingdom

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    Non Fiction


Considers the history of veneral diseases in the first half of the 20th Century, and the major problem that the spread of VD became, particularly amongst servicemen and women in both World Wars, who usually subsequently passed it on to their spouses. Women who got it in this way talk of the great shame they felt and terror at anyone finding out, and interviews with men and women reveal the attitudes of the time - including the quack remedies, fear, shame and ignorance on such a taboo subject. It also looks at attempts to control the spread, by governments and health scare films, and the boon of the discovery of penicillin as an effective cure.

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