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Farmers and Gardeners: What Everyone Should Know

JAMA. 1973;223(1):77. doi:10.1001/jama.1973.03220010063021.
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Recently the AMA Committee on Occupational Toxicology, the Council on Occupational Health, and the Council on Rural Health cosponsored the publication of a booklet titled "Health Hazards in Farming and Gardening" By William B. Deichmann, PhD, MD (Hon.). Although the booklet is intended for farmer-gardener readership, physicians will need it too if they are to avoid embarrassment when their farmer-gardener patients are better informed about occupational hazards.

The booklet's table of contents runs from "flammable liquids, fuels, solvents" to "first aid" and its index from acaricides to zinc phosphide, touching along the way on such things as lawn moths, spittle bugs, and weevils. We mention these three because the booklet includes a chart (p 21) that presents pest control methods that are effective and that cause least damage to the bees and the birds.

When you see his product, you'll wonder how Deichmann managed to cram so much useful information


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