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The Cover
April 5, 2006

Baseball at Night

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The Cover Section Editor: M. Therese Southgate, MD, Senior Contributing Editor.

JAMA. 2006;295(13):1486. doi:10.1001/jama.295.13.1486

Summer. 1934. 11 million Americans jobless. 16 million to 18 million on relief. A loaf of bread is 10 cents, a quart of milk five cents. Pork chops are 20 cents a pound, sirloin 29 cents. Women wear mid-calf cotton-print dresses ordered from the Sears & Roebuck catalog or they make their own from colorful print flour sacks that are free. It is also a dry summer. Exceptionally dry. Millions of tons of topsoil lifts from the Great Plains and obscures the sun as far away as the East Coast. It costs farmers the equivalent of nine bushels of wheat to buy workshoes. The population of California surges.

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