Item Details

Dear Dr. Spencer [videorecording]: Abortion in a Small Town

produced & directed by Danielle Renfrew and Beth Seltzer
Format
Video; VHS
Summary
(Producer) From the early 1920s until his death in 1969, Dr. Robert Douglas Spencer practiced medicine in a small town in the anthracite coal region of Pennsylvania. Dr. Spencer treated colds, set fractures, and provided basic medical care. He also performed illegal abortions. After he did his first abortion in 1923 for a poor coal miner's wife, the doctor's reputation spread. Soon he was receiving letters from women across the country, asking for his help. This tape features interviews with the doctor's wife, local townspeople, and women who traveled from all over seeking help.
Director
Danielle Renfrew; Beth Seltzer
Release Date
1997
Run Time
24 min.
Language
English
Local Notes
DVDs purchased from Icarus Films here at www.IcarusFilms.com are licensed with Public Performance Rights for non-commercial and educational exhibition when no admission fee is charged. (4/6/12)
Published
New York, NY : First Run/Icarus Films, c1997.
Publisher no.
IC10680 First Run/Icarus Films
Terms of Use
Public performance rights secured.
Description
1 videocassette (24 min.) : sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
VHS format.
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