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Probably not many physicians are familiar with the excellent series of books published by the United States Department of Agriculture in their Yearbook Series. I first came to know these books in the early years of World War II when the 1941 Yearbook of Agriculture, entitled Climate and Man, proved a fertile source of information and a very helpful reference book with its many tables of environmental temperatures throughout the world and a condensation of much of the information then available about this aspect of man's ecology. Others I have used for reference from time to time include Soils and Men, Food and Life, Farmers in a Changing World, and Science in Farming. The whole collection is one of real distinction. In many respects it shows that practical and applied scientific information may be combined effectively. The 1959 issue of the Yearbook of Agriculture entitled Food was distributed at the
Bean WB. Food: The Yearbook of Agriculture 1959. Arch Intern Med. 1961;107(5):786-787. doi:10.1001/archinte.1961.03620050152019