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The "plain pictures" are photographs of "plain doctors" and their patients, before the age of technology, during the Depression of the 1930s. The "plain doctoring" portrayed was provided at the expense of the Federal government, which paid both the doctors and the photographers. The dozen or so people hired by the Farm Security Administration (FSA) to do its photography had not all been trained as photographers; their ranks included unemployed chemists and teachers. Some, such as Gordon Parks, Arthur Rothstein, and Dorothea Lange, became well known in American photography. The authors suggest that, during the period these pictures cover, the
Plain Pictures of Plain Doctoring: Vernacular Expression in New Deal Medicine and Photography.. Ann Intern Med. ;103:974. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-103-6-974_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1985;103(6_Part_1):974.
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