S.M.A.C. - Industrial Medicine
16th January, 1941.
Dr. Joan K. McMichael,
Emergency Blood Transfusion,
Dear Dr. McMichael,
Of course I remember you quite well. I saw and spoke to you at the International Refugee Conference in Paris in 1939. I will be glad to do what I can to help you. Please excuse the long delay in replying to your letter. It was misplaced, I have only just found it.
I. Industrial Medicine. This is quite distinct from P.H. Work or A.R.P. or Shelter Work, and you ought to find it fascinating. I do. No other Specialty of Medicine equals it in its range or depth. It requires rather a versatile, broad-minded type of mind. It means not only a knowledge of Industrial Diseases, and Metallic and other Poisonings, but also of Workmen's Compensation, and Factory Welfare and Health work (including the psychological aspect.) You will find it urging you to keep up to date in most branches of Medicine. The Minister of Labour recently made an Order, imposing a compulsion on Employers in factories employing a certain number of people (2,000 or over) to have a Works Medical Officer. There was a Special Course for those first appointed at the London School of Hygiene recently. I should advise you (1st) to write to the B.M.A. (if not a member, join the Association),
informing them of your interest and your desire to be so employed, and ask to be kept informed of any posts open, especially if in London (if you desire a metropolitan appointment). (2ndly) You should write to Dr. J. Bridge, Chief Medical Inspector of Factories, Ministery of Labour, Cleland House, Westminster, London, S.W.1., and tell him of your interest in this work, in your desire and hope to obtain a job of this character in London. Confidentially, Dr. Bridge prefers in some appointments to have a lady doctor doing the work, especially in factories with a liability or risk of Dermatitis. You need not tell Dr. Bridge I told you so, but otherwise