Not So Ancient History

Kathy High

1990, 14:40 minutes, English


As the battle over abortion rights currently rages, "Not So Ancient History" exposes the political interventions of the American Medical Association (AMA) in the "outlawing" of abortion last century. By looking at the politics of instituting licensing for all "alternative" medical practices, aleopathic doctors began to push out all competition. Treatments for abortion were offered liberally by alternative practitioners, so the AMA chose the abortion issue as a means to lobby their case." Not So Ancient History" is designed as an experiment in oral/visual relations: the tape is as a lecture (delivered by historian Carroll Smith-Rosenberg) with images which loosely illustrate and jab at the spoken text, extending it in absurd directions.
Part of "Women and Medicine/Voices in My Head" series.

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