This 1950s historical photograph was provided by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). The image depicted a physician examining a worker, whose job it was to mix chemical pesticides, bringing him into close proximity with toxic chemicals. Today, oversight by a regulating body makes the health and welfare of these workers a paramount concern. This physician was in the process of measuring the patient’s blood pressure.
The NIOSH Historic Photo Collection from which this photograph was derived, began as the Picture File of the Industrial Hygiene Division of the USPHS, c. 1930-1960. It is a unique collection of mid-20th Century images of American workers and workplaces, and documents occupational safety and health research of that era. The collection consists of approximately 1,000 original photographs and schematic drawings.