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The restorative powers of cinema enjoyed a starring role at the Wellcome Trust's celebration of 75 years of medicine on screen

Last weekend, the Wellcome Trust celebrated 75 years of medicine on screen by transforming the Truman Brewery into a 1980s hospital, complete with a therapy on film ward. Here, visitors were offered consultations with a "doctor" who prescribed a healthy dose of film to cure your malaise. I've long suspected the only effective treatment for the common cold is repeated doses of romcom to be applied on the sofa, but can film really make us feel better?

I perch on a blue plastic chair and thumb a genuine 80s copy of Smash Hits while waiting for the doctor. The walls are lined with ads expounding the dangers of smoking while pregnant (low birth rate) and of smoking before kissing (reduced likelihood of repeat kissing). Medical assessment form completed, I'm taken through to the ward. »

- Ruth Jamieson

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