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Author Burnham, John C. (John Chynoweth), 1929-

Title Accident prone : a history of technology, psychology, and misfits of the machine age / John C. Burnham
Published Chicago : London : University of Chicago Press, 2009
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Description 1 online resource (viii, 328 pages)
Contents Before accident proneness -- German origins -- British origins -- Preparing the way: transport operators -- The streams come together in the late 1920s and early 1930s -- Consolidation and development, 1930s-World War II -- How psychiatrists did not adopt and medicalize accident proneness -- The mid-twentieth-century high point -- Eclipse of the idea among experts -- Bypassing accident proneness with engineering
Summary This work is an intellectual analysis of the birth, growth, and deline of an idea that will interest anyone who wishes to understand how Western societies have grappled with the human costs of modern life
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 235-317) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Accidents -- History.
Accidents -- Prevention.
Accidents -- Psychological aspects.
Industrial safety.
Safety education.
System safety.
Technology -- Social aspects.
Accident Prevention -- history.
Accidents -- psychology.
History, 20th Century.
Technology -- history.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0226081192 (electronic bk.)
9780226081199 (electronic bk.)
(cloth ; alk. paper)
(cloth ; alk. paper)