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November 11, 1950

The Doctor Takes a Farm

JAMA. 1950;144(11):973. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02920110085064

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Every amateur farmer and home gardener can relive in this volume of verses the exquisite suffering he experienced from ventures into the supposedly simple fields of animal and plant husbandry. For some, it may provide an occasional feeling of superiority, but as the tale unfolds more and more readers will recognize themselves in the chief character, a physician who "retired" to a farm to recuperate from a prolonged illness. Perhaps the most ironic development recorded is transformation of an originally reluctant wife into an ardent enthusiast for farm life. In the conclusion, she is promoting rabbit raising. Every venture from strawberries to landscaping, chickens to grain and orchard to pigs and sheep is described in poignant terms, with intriguing sketches to add appropriate emphasis. This makes especially good reading at harvest time.

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