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A frame grab from Man Alive! Wearing nothing but a towel, Ed Parmalee sits on the floor of his bathroom, surrounded by a cloud of worrying words (‘contagious’, ‘hopeless’, ‘inherited’) and images (a grave, a surgeon’s saw and tongs, a will, a patient on a hospital gurney).

Man Alive!, 1950

Produced by UPA, United Productions of America
[presented by] the American Cancer Society