The Workers' Detective

A Story about Dr. Alice Hamilton

From the Series Creative Minds Biographies

  • Interest Level: Grade 4 - Grade 8
  • Reading Level: Grade 5

Dr. Alice Hamilton’s accomplishments were many, but one in particular changed her life forever. Working as a social worker in the Chicago slums, Alice noticed that lead factory workers were pale and thin, and some had trouble moving their wrists and hands. Setting out to investigate the cause of their ailements, Alice pioneered a new branch of medicine—industrial medicine. As a doctor, social worker, and fighter for peace, Alice single-handedly changed the world. Because of her many American workers lived longer, healthier lives.

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Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 5
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Publication Date 2011-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 6.4
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS JNF007090, JNF007120
Dewey 616.9'803'092
Graphics 1-color illustrations
Lexile 960
ATOS Reading Level 6.8
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 48037
Accelerated Reader® Points 1.0
Features Bibliography/further reading, Index, Maps, Reviewed, Table of contents, and Teaching Guides



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Creative Minds Biographies

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