Title:Labour in the Laboratory : Medical Laboratory Workers in the Maritimes, 1900-1950
Publisher:  McGill-Queens University Press, Montreal and Kingston, 2005, ISBN:077352861x 2005
ISBN Number: 077352861X / 9780773528611
Seller ID: 69302
TWOHIG, Peter L. Labour in the Laboratory : Medical Laboratory Workers in the Maritimes, 1900-1950. Montreal and Kingston : McGill-Queens University Press, (2005). First Edition. Pp. (10), [xi]-xvi,(6),-241,(1). With a few b&w photos and other illustrations in the text. 8vo, black paper-covered boards with gilt lettering to spine.
McGill-Queens Studies in the History of Medicine, Health and Society, number 23.
"Medical laboratory workers play a crucial role in the health care system, but are often hidden from public view. Unlike many previous histories of Canadian health care, "Labour in the Laboratory" offers an intimate portrait of the women (and a few men) who laboured at the bench. In a detailed analysis of local hospital records, membership records, newspapers, professional health care journals, and other sources, Peter Twohig shows that the history of health care looks different when seen from the perspective of workers other than physicians or nurses.
"Labour in the Laboratory" is also about the ways in which health care work has been organized. Twohig reveals that many health care workers fulfilled multiple challenging traditional ideas of professional boundaries and exclusive control over particular tasks. Using evidence from the Maritime provinces, he challenges assumptions about health care work and hospital development throughout Canada and beyond." - from the dj.
Contents: 1. Introduction, 2. Laboratory Work in the Maritimes: The Institutional Context, 3. The Content of Laboratory Work, 4. Not Just Bench Warmers: Labour in the Laboratory, 5. Diffuse Roles and Multitasking, 6. Recruitment, Mobility and Wages, 7. Conclusion. With bibliography and index.