Miner's lung: a history of coal dust disease in Britain

A.J. McIvor, R. Johnston

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Abstract

Arthur McIvor and Ronald Johnston explore the experience of coal miners' lung diseases and the attempts at voluntary and legal control of dusty conditions in British mining from the late nineteenth century to the present. In this way, the book addresses the important issues of occupational health and safety within the mining industry; issues that have been severely neglected in studies of health and safety in general. The authors examine the prevalent diseases, notably pneumoconiosis, emphysema and bronchitis, and evaluate the roles of key players such as the doctors, management and employers, the state and the trade unions. Throughout the book, the integration of oral testimony helps to elucidate the attitudes of workers and victims of disease, their 'machismo' work culture and socialisation to very high levels of risk on the job, as well as how and why ideas and health mentalities changed over time. This research, taken together with extensive archive material, provides a unique perspective on the nature of work, industrial relations, the meaning of masculinity in the workplace and the wider social impact of industrial disease, disability and death. The effects of contracting dust disease are shown to result invariably in seriously prescribed lifestyles and encroaching isolation. The book will appeal to those working on the history of medicine, industrial relations, social history and business history as well as labour history.
LanguageEnglish
Number of pages388
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jan 2007

Publication series

NameStudies in Labour History
PublisherAshgate Publishing Limited

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History
Health
Industrial Relations
Socialization
Trade Unions
Employers
Occupational Safety
Testimony
Industry
Workers
Doctors
Occupational Health
Masculinity
Lifestyle
Pneumoconiosis
History of Medicine
Labor History
Isolation
Mentality
Social History

Keywords

  • miner's lung
  • history
  • coal dust disease
  • britain

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McIvor, A. J., & Johnston, R. (2007). Miner's lung: a history of coal dust disease in Britain. (Studies in Labour History).
McIvor, A.J. ; Johnston, R. / Miner's lung : a history of coal dust disease in Britain. 2007. 388 p. (Studies in Labour History).
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