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Putting Workers Before Work

Published:February 18, 2023DOI:
      To understand where we are and where we are going, it is often necessary to look back at where we have been, and because the practice of radiology, like the practice of medicine, has been powerfully shaped by trends in the broader world of work, it is sometimes necessary to delve into the history of work itself. Two of the 20th century's most influential investigators of work, Frederick Taylor and Lillian Gilbreth, present sharply contrasting views of work and workers that can help radiologists better understand what is at stake in choices confronting the field today, such as whether to treat colleagues as mere means of production or persons whose quality of work and life bear intrinsic worth. Those unfamiliar with Taylor and Gilbreth may fail to grasp such choices’ far-reaching implications.


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