|Description:||This 1950s historical photograph was provided by the Center for Disease Control's (CDC), National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). The image depicted a physician who was examining a worker whose job it was to “formulate”, or mix, chemical pesticides for spraying. Such a task would bring the worker into close proximity with toxic chemicals, and therefore, would need stringent oversight by a regulating body such as NIOSH, which would make the health and welfare of such workers a paramount concern. This physician was using a stethoscope and sphygmomanometer, or blood pressure cuff, in order to determine the patient’s blood pressure.|
The NIOSH Historic Photo Collection began as the “picture file” of the Industrial Hygiene Division of the U.S. Public Health Service (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.