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A biography of Dr. Alice Hamilton, social worker and doctor, whose work brought attention to the health risks associated with particular jobs
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In the ``Creative Minds'' series, an easily read biography of a physician (1869-1970) who pioneered in recognizing and documenting industrial hazards, was instrumental in the passage of the first state and federal laws protecting workers, and was the ``first female faculty member'' at Harvard. Interesting in itself, Hamilton's career also illuminates the disregard for workers' health she helped alleviate; but this account is so simplistic one is left with the impression that industrialists were always happy to change their practices as soon as scientific evidence indicated that they were deleterious. The writer often fails to enrich her narrative with specifics--e.g., she doesn't identify Alice's sister Edith except as a ``famous writer,'' or mention the notable accomplishments of the rest of her family; if she had a personal life, there's no mention of it. Schulz's b&w illustrations are, at best, serviceable; a chronology would be useful; an index is needed. Still, in the absence of other books about Hamilton for children, acceptable and even useful. Bibliography. (Biography. 8-12) -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.From School Library Journal:
Grade 3-6-- A simple biography of a remarkable scientist and crusader. McPherson has researched her subject thoroughly and does an effective, concise job of combining historical information on the industrial revolution with Hamilton's life and interests. Similar episodes and scenes appear in Madeleine Grant's Alice Hamilton (Abelard, 1967; o.p.). Realistic black-and-white pencil drawings enhance the highly readable text that is stimulating enough for older reluctant readers. --Rita Soltan, Southfield Public Library, MI
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