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The tenth variation of the vintage textbook of occupational diseases.
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Recognition of the severe hazard presented by the Dangerous trades and industrial diseases metal grinding trades gradually led to the introduction of exhaust ventilation on the sandstone grindstones which caused serious lung damage or ‘grinders’ rot’ in areas such as Sheffield and the Midlands. 26 It was the legislation which dealt with lead poisoning in the years leading up to the Factory Act of 1891 which can reasonably be described as the foundation of both modern occupational health regulation and the use of specialist expertise in the public management of hazardous workplaces.
1 14 Donald Hunter and the history of occupational health governments developed policies for occupational as well as public health which reflected their concerns about managing the (male) human resources of civil society. Such initiatives also reflected the gender bias and distinctive expectations of males and females in contemporary society, where adult men were expected to serve as breadwinners for the family household and to accept physical risks and working conditions from which females and children, living in a ‘separate sphere’, were protected.
37 The growth of government expertise in industrial toxicology and particularly the analysis of dust problems in the workplace which dominated the agenda for regulation until the 1960s can be dated from THE MEDICAL PERSPECTIVE In the years when the health of workers was becoming a subject of serious medical interest, three figures arose who largely defined the boundaries of occupational medicine before the Second World War. Two seminal texts were published in the decade 1892–1902. 10 Sir Thomas Morison Legge (1863–1932), the first Medical Inspector of Factories, 1898.