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Medicine, Justice and the Bubblegum Factory

Medicine, Justice and the Bubblegum Factory

An unusual and captivating memoir following one man's fight for justice.

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ISBN 9781912575794
Published 7 February 2019 by Book Guild Publishing Ltd
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Standen, Graham
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ISBN-13 9781912575794
ISBN-10 1912575795
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Book Guild Publishing Ltd
Imprint Book Guild Publishing Ltd
Publication Date 7 February 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Standen, Graham
Category Biography & Autobiography
Business Ethics
Occupational / Industrial Health & Safety
Employment & Labour Law
Coping With Illness
Number of Pages 200
Dimensions Width: 138mm
Height: 216mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Asbestos - Popular works - Toxicology, Asbestos - Safety regulations - History - Great Britain, Industrial hygiene - Great Britain
NBS Text Family & Health: General
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 616.99425
Catalogue Code 995690

Description of this Book

This is the story of a son's journey to achieve justice and closure following the death of his father from industrial disease and corporate negligence. As a working class man from Romford, Graham describes his unconventional path to becoming a doctor after a turbulent childhood of maternal illness, a spell in a children's home, fostering with relatives and the final badge of under achievement, 11 plus failure. During his medical training, Graham's father died after developing disseminated cancer. There were strong grounds for suspecting occupational exposure to asbestos as the cause but, to the family's dismay, this diagnosis failed to be recognised at post-mortem. Two of Graham's uncles who had worked alongside his father as boiler coverers before the war suffered a similar fate but were correctly diagnosed with asbestos-induced tumours and their families received appropriate compensation. After a decade spent becoming a cancer and leukaemia specialist, and with the help of a pathologist colleague, the cause of Graham's father's death was re-visited and the correct diagnosis of mesothelioma secondary to asbestos was finally confirmed. A case was eventually brought to the High Court against his former employer, the multinational conglomerate, Turner and Newall, and the claim was successful with the award of substantial damages. This story highlights the corporate deceit and indifference shown by the industry towards the health of their workers and how the press exposure of Graham's family's tragedy helped contribute towards the eventual demise of the company. The lessons regarding the wider social responsibility of corporations and the importance of industrial health and safety regulations are still being learnt today.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 1 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Graham Standen lives in Flax Bourton, Bristol and is now retired from his post as a Consultant Haematologist at Bristol Royal Infirmary since 2013.

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