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Document ID (ISN)76311
CIS number 01-442
ISSN - Serial title 1059-924X - Journal of Agromedicine
Year 1999
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Waits J.B., Wheat J.R.
Title Preventive agricultural medicine: A medical student's perspective on an important component of rural community health
Bibliographic information 1999, Vol.6, No.3, p.11-25. Illus. 16 ref.
Abstract Farming and keeping livestock are the most dangerous profession in terms of mortality. Despite progress in other areas of occupational medicine, occupational health issues in agriculture have been subordinate to those of manufacturing industry until only very recently. This report tells of a visit to a cotton farm in western Alabama as part of a Rural Medicine rotation by a medical student and includes a focussed literature review on various issues in agricultural health. Pressing health issues for farmers include exposure to toxic chemicals, trauma and injury, respiratory disease, infections, stress and psychiatric illnesses. There are additional issues involving family members. The rural family physician is in a unique position to prevent morbidity and mortality by social action and early diagnosis.
Descriptors (primary) occupational accidents; agriculture; health services; occupational diseases
Descriptors (secondary) children; report; infectious diseases; industrial physicians; toxic substances; injuries; stress factors; respiratory diseases
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Agriculture, fishing, animal husbandry
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Bacterial and parasitic diseases
Health care services