Posted by thomas crampton
My minor hand operation this week highlighted to me how journalism/blogging are literally manual labor.
Also, my ability to tell many people about this injury reminds me of how repetitive strain injury/carpal tunnel syndrome only became something of broad public concern when the chattering classes (ie: white collar workers, including journalists) were hit due to their typing on computer keyboards.
Throughout the industrial revolution, however, the same problem had afflicted manual laborers who could not bring their problem to a wider audience. (Lately there seem to be fewer complaints about it here at the International Herald Tribune, perhaps because there is a greater understanding of ergonomics.)
Must be many examples of diseases that only became well known when they also became diseases of the rich. Any interesting ones?