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THE CLINICAL STATUS OF A GROUP OF NEGRO SHARECROPPERS

J. W. THOMPSON, M.B., Ch.B.
JAMA. 1941;117(1):6-8. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820270006003.
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Dill and his associates1 have submitted for publication physiologic studies of a group of Negro sharecroppers; this paper is written primarily as a clinical appendix to those reports. The persons studied were selected by Dr. I. I. Pogue, the resident physician retained by the Delta and Pine Land Company on its plantation located at Scott, Miss. Aside from restricting the group to male Negroeś within certain age limits (17 to 24) living on this plantation, the selection was made at random among the sharecropper families. A family and personal history was obtained from each subject and a routine clinical examination performed. All negative observations are omitted from this report, and the positive ones are compared with data obtained on a group of Harvard students by Dr. Clark Heath. The exacting criteria required to be met for admission into Dr. Heath's series render these persons well above the average from

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