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Book and Media Reviews
January 25, 2006

Agricultural Medicine

Author Affiliations

Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA.

JAMA. 2006;295(4):443-444. doi:10.1001/jama.295.4.443

Agricultural Medicine: A Practical Guide is a textbook about the hazards, injuries, illnesses, disability, and mortality associated with agriculture. It is multiauthored, with chapters averaging 12 pages of text and two pages of supportive literature references. For most chapters, more than one third of the references are later than 1999. The foreword discusses agromedicine, further expounded on elsewhere,1 as the translational process of forming and conducting partnership activities among health and agricultural disciplines to address health concerns arising in agriculture. However, this is a reference book of agricultural medicine, which is a subset of occupational medicine in that it is a disease-based, medical approach to prevention and care of illnesses and injuries of the agricultural sector. Agricultural medicine (ie, medical expertise) joins agromedicine (ie, a translational approach) as a core discipline and skill set for physicians seeking to effect a healthy experience for populations associated with agriculture.2

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