Alice Hamilton: The Doctor Who Made Work Safer | Great Minds

Alice Hamilton: The Doctor Who Made Work Safer | Great Minds

During the period of rapid industrialization at the turn of the 20th century, factory jobs were incredibly unsafe. That is, until Dr. Alice Hamilton basically became an investigative reporter to figure out how factories were poisoning workers with lead! Oh, and some of her other research popularized mask-wearing as a way to reduce the spread of disease – a practice that is extremely relevant in the time of COVID-19.

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