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Infectious Diseases: Scarlet Fever

Technical Details

Title: The Sunbeam.

Country: United States.

Year: 1912.

Director: D.W. Griffith.

Photography: G.W. Bitzer.

Screenwriter: George Hennessy.

Cast: Ynez Seabury, Kate Bruce, Claire McDowell, Dell Henderson, Christy Cabanne, John T. Dillon, Gladys Egan, Edna Foster, Adolph Lestina, Charles Hill Mailes, Joseph McDermott, W. Chrystie Miller and Mabel Taliaferro.

Color: Black and white.

Runtime: 17 minutes.

Genre: drama, romance, short.

Language: silent.

Production Company: Biograph Company.

Synopsis: A very young girl, Sunbeam (Ynez Seabury), whose mother is dying manages to get two bachelors, who live opposite each other on the same floor and who completely ignore each other, to join up to look after her when her mother passes on.



Technical details

Title: Little Women.

Country: United States.

Year: 1949.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy.

Music: Adolph Deutsch.

Photography: Robert Planck and Charles Schoenbaum.

Film editor: Ralph E. Winters.

Screenwriter: Victor Heerman, Sarah Y. Mason, Andrew Solt and Sally Benson (not accredited) about the novel with the same name by Louisa May Alcott.

Cast: June Allyson, Peter Lawford, Margaret O'Brien, Elizabeth Taylor, Janet Leigh, Rossano Brazzi, Mary Astor, Lucile Watson, C. Aubrey Smith, Elizabeth Patterson, Leon Ames, Harry Davenport, Richard Wyler, Connie Gilchrist and Ellen Corby.

Color: color.

Runtime: 121 minutes.

Genre: Drama, Family, Romance.

Production Companies: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Loew's Incorporated.

Synopsis: The story of four sisters growing up during the war of Secession.

Awards: This film won an Oscar for the Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, Color and was nominated for an Oscar for the Best Cinematography, Color (1944).


Technical details

Title: The Reader.

Country: United States, Germany.

Year: 2008.

Director: Stephen Daldry.

Music: Nico Muhly.
Photography: Roger Deakins and Chris Menges.

Film editor: Claire Simpson.

Screenwriter: David Hare, on the novel of the same name (Der Vorleser) by Bernhard Schlink.

Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Jeanette Hain, David Kross, Kate Winslet, Susanne Lothar, Alissa Wilms, Florian Bartholomäi, Friederike Becht, Matthias Habich, Frieder Venus, Moritz Grove and Joachim Tomaschewsky.

Color: color.

Runtime: 124 minutes.

Genre: Drama, Romance.

Production Companies: Mirage Enterprises, Neunte Babelsberg Film and The Weinstein Company.

Synopsis: When Michael (David Cross) returns home sick he is helped by Hanna (Kate Winslet), a woman much older than him and with whom he shortly after begins a torrid affair.

Awards: This film won an Oscar for the Best Actress (Kate Winslet) and was nominated for Best Film, Director, Adapted Script and Photography (2009).


José Elías García Sánchez1, Enrique García Sánchez1, María Lucila Merino Marcos2

1Departamento de Medicina Preventiva, Salud Pública y Microbiología Médica. Facultad de Medicina. Universidad de Salamanca (Spain). 2Departamento de Pediatría del Hospital Universitario de Salamanca (Spain).

Correspondencia: José Elías García Sánchez. Facultad de Medicina. Avda. Alfonso X El Sabio s/n. 37007 Salamanca (Spain).

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How to cite this article: Htlm: García Sánchez JE, García Sánchez E, Merino Marcos ML. Medicine in film stills. Infectious Diseases: Scarlet Fever. J Med Mov [Internet]. 2010 Mar [cited y/m/d]. Available from: (link)

Pdf: García Sánchez JE, García Sánchez E, Merino Marcos ML. Medicine in film stills. Infectious Diseases: Scarlet Fever. J Med Mov [Internet]. 2010 Mar [cited y/m/d];6(1):29-34. Available from: (link)

Action: filming stage (New York, USA). Cover of the DVD set containing the film.

Some children in the building put a notice on the door to the apartment that reads “Scarlet Fever”, leading the police to quarantine the people in the apartment.

Action: between 1861 and 1865 (New England, USA). American poster.

Beth (Margaret O'Brien), one of the sisters, takes to her bed after contracting scarlet fever from a little boy she was looking after.

Action: Between 1985 and the beginning of the nineties (Berlin and New York). American poster.

General malaise.


Tonsillitis and other clinical manifestations in the mouth.

Flushed face with perioral pallor is observed.

Prostration in bed.

Fever and bed rest.

Home respiratory isolation for scarlet fever.