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McGehee, Stuart

Overview
Works: 6 works in 6 publications in 1 language and 225 library holdings
Genres: History 
Roles: Author
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Stuart McGehee
Miners and medicine : West Virginia memories by Claude A Frazier( Book )

1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 204 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The coal-company doctors of Appalachia fought the health hazards of the coal fields, arguably the most dangerous and diseased working environment of the modern world. Often the doctors were held accountable for evils that persisted despite their best efforts. Claude A. Frazier - a coal-camp doctor's son and a doctor himself - draws on the memories of health workers, miners, and their families to convey the horrific problems in the coal camps, the resourcefulness of the doctors and nurses, and the struggle to raise health standards in and around the mines. Doctor Frazier tells how, from the Civil War to World War II, Appalachian mountain folk were exploited in a feudal system ruled by the coal companies. The miners, always in debt to the company, paid for a doctor's services with a checkoff from wages. The company doctor, like the company store, school, and church, was a consequence of the poor transportation and poverty in the wild mountains and narrow valleys where King Coal reigned. Miners and Medicine recalls not only the coal-camp doctors who were incompetent but the many others who performed valiant service in conditions that seem impossible by today's standards - in tiny, polluted communities with no nearby hospital or pharmacy, precious few nurses, and nonexistent sanitary facilities. Often the miners' wives and children, whose stories are told here, went hungry in drafty, pest-ridden company housing, from which they were expelled if they had no family member working in the mine. Boys went to work as teen-agers until child-labor laws finally were enforced in the 1950s. Black lung shortened the lives of virtually all miners. Miners and Medicine relates participants' memories of how the company doctors competed with the grannies, yarb doctors, and patent-medicine men, ultimately bringing stable health care and community hospitals to northern Appalachia. Today the company towns have been abandoned or brought up to date, thanks in good part to the company doctors, as well as the United Mine Workers of America. This book will please those who want to savor the attitudes, mores, and spirit of earlier days in Appalachia. It also has appeal for those interested in labor studies, public health and occupational safety. and medical-benefit programs
A century of stewardship : the history of the Pocahontas Land Corporation by Stuart McGehee( Book )

1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A century of care : a history of Bluefield Regional Medical Center, Bluefield Community Hospital, Bluefield Sanitarium by Stuart McGehee( Book )

1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The rock that burns : a social history of the southern West Virginia coalfields( Visual )

1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

One hundred years strong : the First National Bank of Bluefield, a centennial history 1891-1991 by Lena French( Book )

1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Black folk at Green Bottom from slavery to freedom on the Ohio frontier by Stuart McGehee( Book )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

 
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Audience level: 0.40 (from 0.10 for Black folk ... to 0.56 for A century ...)

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