Frances Perkins: “What You Really Want Is an Autopsy”

(1940)

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First of all I want to say how glad I am that so many of you have shown interest in this problem, which we in the United States Department of Labor believe to be a part of one of the great problems of the United States—the prevention of industrial and occupational diseases. There is nothing unique about your situation, except that you have here at your gates one of the most difficult industrial diseases and one for which it is most difficult to find a cure.

We in the Department of Labor have a mandate which we received from the Congress of the United States in the basic act...