Agricultural Medicine: A Practical Guide / Edition 1

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Focuses on both treatment and prevention of medical problems in a rural setting

Comprehensive reference for family physicians providing care for patients in rural and agricultural areas

Presents a practice-based approach

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Reviewer: Donald R. Frey, MD (Creighton University Medical Center)
Description: This is a practical manual for practitioners caring for farmers, farm families, and workers in the agricultural setting.
Purpose: This book was written to address the unique health issues of those involved in the wide-ranging but often neglected agricultural industry. Given the fact that in urban-oriented America, rural health is often ignored, this book fills a much needed role in the medical literature.
Audience: The book is intended for clinicians working in rural and agricultural settings. It is also useful for students aspiring to join rural practices. The authors have strong ties to universities tasked with developing physicians and caregivers for rural America.
Features: This is a chapter by chapter outline of how to approach virtually every aspect of care for rural families and agricultural workers. There is an excellent balance of prevention and treatment, as well as appropriate discussions of the chemical risks of modern herbicides and insecticides. Given the severe stresses inherent in the current agribusiness climate, the section on mental health is particularly pertinent.
Assessment: This is the best 500-page sized book on agricultural medicine that I have encountered. While much of its information is available elsewhere, it is nonetheless a ready source of information for busy clinicians who treat farmers and farm families. Urban physicians should also find it an interesting read, if for no other reason than to find out what they are missing.

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780387254258
  • Publisher: Springer New York
  • Publication date: 9/30/2005
  • Edition description: 2006
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 542
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 1.19 (d)

Table of Contents

1 The agricultural environment 1
2 Food safety and agricultural medicine 9
3 Overview of hazards for those working in agriculture 29
4 Occupational regulation 35
5 Education and training as intervention strategies 42
6 Personal protective equipment and safety engineering of machinery 53
7 Disability in agriculture 70
8 Physical monitoring 81
9 Biological monitoring 88
10 Drug programs and testing 98
11 Work site visits 113
12 Children in agriculture 118
13 Chemical exposure : an overview 131
14 Fertilizers and nutrients 144
15 Plant growth regulators 156
16 Pesticides 167
17 Neurological injuries in agriculture 180
18 Dematological conditions 207
19 Agricultural respiratory diseases 233
20 Renal and hepatic disease 260
21 Disease and injury among veterinarians 269
22 The mental health of agricultural workers 282
23 Neurotoxicity of chemicals commonly used in agriculture 300
24 Repetitive motion injuries 324
25 Trauma in the agricultural setting 339
26 Diseases from plants 349
27 Diseases from animals, poultry, and fish 367
28 Diseases from soil 383
29 Emerging zoonotic agents of concern in agriculture 393
30 Arthropod bites and stings 417
31 Mammal bites 430
32 Reptile bites 440
33 Heat, cold, and water immersion injuries 459
34 Injuries from electromagnetic energy 477
35 Acoustic injuries in agriculture 484
36 Reproductive hazards 492
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