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October 7, 1939


JAMA. 1939;113(15):1375-1379. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800400003002

During the past quarter century the hazards of industry, transportation, mining and construction have been recognized; the economic value of safety has become clearly apparent and measures have been adopted to insure its promotion. For agriculture, because of its primarily individualistic character, there has been no such recognition or supervision, and farming, though the oldest occupation in the world, remains the most hazardous.

Having lived and practiced surgery in a rural community during the past eight years, I have become interested in the hazards to which the farmer is daily exposed and the accidents which result therefrom. In central New York, small dairy farms are numerous and farming is often an occupation of necessity rather than choice. Many of the farmers are poor, their equipment is inadequate and frequently out of repair, wages are low and hired help is difficult to find and often incompetent. Because of these circumstances, carelessness