Date of Graduation
Eberly College of Arts and Sciences
Black lung disease is a crippling occupational lung disease experienced by coal miners throughout the world. However, this disease was not always recognized by the medical profession and required significant efforts on the part of miners’ unions to force mainstream recognition. The historiography on the subject is limited, especially with respect to the relationship between organized medicine and organized labor. This work further explores this relationship, particularly how this relationship differed between the parties in Wales and in West Virginia. In doing so, it portrays a more detailed picture of the fight for black lung recognition as well as highlights the different relationships between medicine and miners in the two regions.
Cecil, Mollie M. MD, "Doctors, Miners, and Black Lung: A transatlantic comparison of organized medicine's role in the fight for black lung recognition in West Virginia and Wales" (2021). Graduate Theses, Dissertations, and Problem Reports. 8093.