Exploring the Dangerous Trades: The Autobiography of Alice Hamilton, M.D. Little, Brown & Company, Boston, 1943. Hardcover. 1st edition, stated. Missing dustjacket. Good condition. Tan cloth binding rubbed at the extremities, light soil to covers. Former Abbott Laboratories library copy with Abbott ex libris plus the usual markings. Text block very good - clean and unmarked. 1 copy only.
Alice Hamilton (1869-1970) was the founder of industrial medicine in the USA. She became Harvard's first woman professor of industrial medicine in 1919, and she was the only woman to serve as official delegate to the U.S.S.R. on a League of Nations health commission (1924). At the same time that Hamilton's elder sister, Edith Hamilton, published The Great Age of Greek Literature, Hamilton published her autobiography. The book also featured illustrations by her sister Norah. Ironically, this book, the least technical of Hamilton's works, received the greatest notoriety. The autobiography tells of Hamilton's pioneering work in industrial medicine, her research in Munich and at Johns Hopkins University, and her residence at Hull House. Hamilton's interesting life is discussed in a colorful, forthright manner. She candidly describes, for example, the trauma of being the only female student in the German universities, and how she was politely reminded that female faculty members were not seated at Harvard's graduation exercises. She also gives touching accounts of her visit to the U.S.S.R. in 1924 and her return to Germany after World War I.