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The work of the Farm Security Administration in providing medical care for their clients was developed because surveys in a Southern state revealed that 50 per cent of the borrowers who failed to keep up their payments were victims of bad health. A recent study of one hundred low income families in two Southeastern counties disclosed one thousand three hundred and seventy-three ailments among five hundred and seventy-five persons. The ailments included 132 cases of rickets among children, 31 cases of suspected tuberculosis, 14 cases of pellagra, 288 cases of diseased tonsils, three hundred and sixty individuals with defective teeth and one hundred and twenty-four with defective vision. The medical plans of the Farm Security Administration are supported by loans extended to the families and call for free choice of physician and the pooling of funds. Most families pay from $20 to $30 a year. They choose their doctor from
Report of the Secretary of Agriculture 1940. JAMA. 1941;116(12):1334. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820120148035