Medicine: Woman of the Year

When Upton Sinclair was living in Mary McDowell's stockyards settlement house in Chicago and raking up the muck for his novel The Jungle, a trim little (5 ft. 4 in.) woman doctor named Alice Hamilton was living only five miles away in Hull House. Indiana-bred, raised in ease, and educated at Miss Porter's famed school at Farmington, Conn., Alice Hamilton was working at the turn of the century as a bacteriologist by day but did settlement work by night and on weekends. Thus she met countless victims of industrial hazards and eventually became the founder of industrial medicine in the U.S.


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