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Keeping the culture alive: the laboratory technician in mid-twentieth-century British medical research.

Tansey, EM; (2008) Keeping the culture alive: the laboratory technician in mid-twentieth-century British medical research. Notes Rec R Soc Lond , 62 (1) 77 - 95.

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Abstract

This paper reports results from a detailed study of the careers of laboratory technicians in British medical research. Technicians and their contributions are very frequently missing from accounts of modern medicine, and this project is an attempt to correct that absence. The present paper focuses almost entirely on the Medical Research Council's National Institute for Medical Research in North London, from the first proposal of such a body in 1913 until the mid 1960s. The principal sources of information have been technical staff themselves, largely as recorded in an extensive series of oral history interviews. These have covered a wide range of issues and provide valuable perspectives about technicians' backgrounds and working lives.

Type:Article
Title:Keeping the culture alive: the laboratory technician in mid-twentieth-century British medical research.
Location:England
Language:English
Additional information:PMCID: PMC2628576
Keywords:Academies and Institutes, Great Britain, History, 20th Century, Medical Laboratory Personnel
UCL classification:UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Life Sciences > Biosciences (Division of)

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