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THIRTY-TWO YEARS have passed since Dr. Alice Hamilton began her exploration of industrial poisons. From her sheltered childhood in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and her study at Miss Porter’s School, she emerged with that scientific bent and that blazing courage which she needed as a pioneer. She took her M.D. at the University of Michigan, did graduate work in Germany and at Johns Hopkins, and then went as an ardent young recruit to Hull-House. Her life at Hull-House gained her the confidence of the immigrant communities and aroused her interest in industrial diseases. Then in 1910 Governor Deneen appointed her to a Commission to investigate white-lead poisoning in Illinois — and her lifework had begun. From the Federal government came a roving commission to explore the other poisonous trades, and off she went to discover the occupational dangers in porcelain enameling and oxide roasting. She fought against silicosis in the zinc and lead mines and in t he potteries. She investigated the painter’s trades and explored singlehanded the perilous manufacture of high explosives in 1917. Her work, which had now gained international recognition, was beginning to build for the future. . . .
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