Very excited to welcome Women’s History month 2020 by posting my latest piece in Scientific American on a health pioneer (and author) you probably haven’t heard of… The 19th-century black “doctress” Rebecca Davis Lee Crumpler should be on everyone’s radar.
Pathologist Alice Hamilton was among the first to focus attention on the dangers of lead, explosives and noxious chemicals in the workplace. few people know that American national safety standards were pioneered by a 19th century female scientist, a pathologist who disliked conflict but used her fastidious research to challenge U.S. manufacturers on the issues of lead, explosives, coal and noxious dyes.
“Life is on a razor’s edge,” says Schimmel, “we aren’t really aware of how much perfection is necessary to survive. It’s astonishing. For me, it creates a sense of reverence.”
In recent years, infectious diseases have once again claimed international attention as the magnitude and scope of natural and manmade microbial threats, along with public perception about their dangers, increase around the world. Researching Lassa Fever virus and West Nile virus is all in a days’ work within the laboratories of the Experimental Pathology Program at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in Galveston.