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10 Famous Quotes by Alice Hamilton
2/27/1869 - 9/22/1970
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Every article I wrote in those days, every speech I made, is full of pleading for the recognition of lead poisoning as a real and serious medical problem.

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Everything I discovered was new and most of it was really valuable.

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From the first I became convinced that what I must look for was lead dust and lead fumes, that men were poisoned by breathing poisoned air, not by handling their food with unwashed hands.

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Illinois then had no legislation providing compensation for accident or disease caused by occupation.

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It was also my experience at Hull-House that aroused my interest in industrial diseases.

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It was easy to present figures demonstrating the contrast between lead work in the United States under conditions of neglect and ignorance, and comparable work in England and Germany, under intelligent control.

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It was impossible for me to believe that conditions in Europe could be worse than they were in the Polish section of Chicago, and in many Italian and Irish tenements, or that any workshops could be worse than some of those I had seen in our foreign quarters.

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No young doctor nowadays can hope for work as exciting and rewarding.

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Surely there is every reason why we should devote to this disease the same intelligence and energy that we devote to other preventable diseases.

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The first step must be, of course, an inquiry into the extent of our industrial sickness, and he determined to have such an inquiry made in Illinois.

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