Dr Hamilton, a pioneer in Occupational Medicine
Alice Hamilton, M.D., was "the first American physician to devote her life to the practice of industrial medicine." Born into a prominent family of Fort Wayne, Indiana, she graduated from medical school at the University of Michigan in 1893. She later moved into Jane Addams' Hull House, and there provided a well-baby clinic for residents of the settlement's neighborhood. Seeing the problems of poor working class families at close range, her compassion and professional interest were inexorably drawn to the many victims of work-related diseases and injuries. She pioneered occupational epidemiology and industrial hygiene in the United States beginning with investigations of lead poisoning among enamelers of bathtubs. Her findings were so scientifically persuasive, that they caused sweeping reforms, both voluntary and regulatory, to reduce occupational exposure to lead. In 1919, Dr. Hamilton was appointed assistant professor of industrial medicine at Harvard Medical School, becoming the first woman on the faculty of Harvard University. This video was produced by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in 1988. Brought to you by SafetyTV Library, www.safetyissues.com.