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1.2 Ergonomics History
Late 19th Century
"Ergonomics" word appears.
Early Last Century
Gillberth's Work - new surgical procedure still in use today, skilled performance to prevent fatigue - motion study
not paying attention to patient when looking for surgical tools
World War 2
Selection and Training - fitting the person to the job
Real start as a result of the technical explosion created by the war
Birth of a profession in ergonomics.
The Ergonomics Research Society
The Human Factors Society
Established at a joint meeting of the aeromedical engineering association and the san diego human engineering society
Many research labs and contracts started.
Rapid Growth Period
Expanded into a variety of industries (esp. manufacturing)
mpact of Computer Revolution
Invaded into information and service sector of economy
Continue to expand to other sectors
User-Friendly software and interface, office systems information networking.
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