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Author Clark, Claudia.

Title Radium girls, women and industrial health reform : 1910-1935 / Claudia Clark.

Published Chapel Hill, NC : University of North Carolina Press, 1997.

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 UniM Store  363.119681114 CLAR GA01    AVAILABLE
Physical description xii, 289 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [253]-280) and index.
Contents Ch. 1. Watch Alice Glow: The New Jersey Radium Dialpainters -- Ch. 2. The Unknown God: Radium, Research, and Businesses -- Ch. 3. Something about That Factory: The Dialpainters and the Consumers' League -- Ch. 4. A "Hitherto Unrecognized" Occupational Hazard: The Discovery of Radium Poisoning -- Ch. 5. A David Fighting the Goliath of Industrialism: Compensation in New Jersey and Connecticut -- Ch. 6. Is That Watch Fad Worth the Price? Industrial Radium Poisoning and Federal Courts and Agencies -- Ch. 7. Gimme a Gamma: Iatrogenic Radium Poisoning -- Ch. 8. We Slapped Radium Around Like Cake Frosting: Dialpainting in Illinois.
Summary "A first rate book that .... should be read by social and labor historians as well as policy makers concerned with contemporary issues in occupational disease regulation". David Rosner, Author of Deadly Dust: Silicosis and the Politics of Occupational Disease
A chilling story of industrial disease and the early struggle for workplace safety
In the early twentieth century, a group of women workers hired to apply luminous paint to watch faces and instrument dials found themselves among the first victims of radium poisoning. Claudia Clark's book tells the compelling story of these women, who at first had no idea that the tedious task of dialpainting was any different from the other factory jobs available to them. But after repeated exposure to the radium-laced paint, they began to develop mysterious, often fatal illnesses that they traced to conditions in the workplace. Their fight to have their symptoms recognized as an industrial disease represents an important chapter in the history of modern health and labor policy.
Clark's account emphasizes the social and political factors that influenced the responses of the workers, managers, government officials, medical specialists, and legal authorities involved in the case. She enriches the story by exploring contemporary disputes over workplace control, government intervention, and industry-backed medical research. Finally, in appraising the dialpainters' campaign to secure compensation and prevention of further incidents -- efforts launched with the help of the reform-minded, middle-class women of the Consumers' League -- Clark is able to evaluate the achievements and shortcomings of the industrial health movement as a whole.
Subject Watch dial painters -- Diseases -- United States -- History.
Radium paint -- Toxicology.
Consumers' leagues -- United States -- History.
Industrial hygiene -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
ISBN 0807823317 (cloth : alk. paper)
0807846406 (paperback: alk. paper)