While the health effects of many aspects of life, from diet to marital status, have been extensively explored, little study has been made of the health effects of work. Covering such topics as on-the-job dangers, the role of unions in worker protection, and occupational health in both developed and developing countries, this collection of articles conclusively demonstrates the negative impact that neglect of citizens' working lives has on pubic health. With more Americans dying each year from job-related causes than were killed in a decade of combat in Vietnam, Health and Work Under Capitalism is a long-overdue and unusually significant book.
Introduction PART 1: Ideology in Occupational Medicine Work, Ideology and Science: The Case of Medicine Vicente Navarro Black Lung: The Social Production of Disease Barbara Ellen Smith The Health Effects of Low-Dose Radiation on Atomic Workers: A Case Study of Employer-Directed Research Theodor D. Sterling PART 2: The Nature of Work and Health Work and General Psychological and Physical Well-Being David Coburn Job Alienation and Well-Being David Coburn The Use and Health Consequences of Shift Work Dean Baker Impending Proliferation of Asbestos Barry I. Castleman and ManuelJ. Vera Vera PART 3: Occupational Health in Developed Capitalist Countries The State of Industrial Ill-Health in the United Kingdom R. CharlesClutterbuck Workers' Participation and Control in Italy: The Case of Occupational Medicine Giorgio Assennato and Vicente Navarro Why Work Kills: A Brief History of Occupational Safety and Health in the United States Daniel M. Berman Work, Disease, and Occupational Medicine in the Federal Republic of Germany Hans-Ulrich Deppe PART 4: Occupational Health in Underdeveloped Capitalist Countries Work and Health in Mexico Asa Cristina Laurell Mortality and Working Conditions in Agriculture in Underdeveloped Countries Asa Cristina Laurell A Historical and Socioeconomic Analysis of Occupational Safety and Health in India J. V. Vilanilam The Export of Hazardous Factories to Developing Nations Barry I.Castleman Contributors to the Volume