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September 4, 1948

THE HEALTH OF LOW-INCOME FARM FAMILIES IN SOUTHEAST MISSOURI1

JAMA. 1948;138(1):93-94. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.62900010005030a
Abstract

In 1941 a study of the health of the farm families in Southeast Missouri was made by physicians and dentists under the direction of the medical advisor of the Farm Security Administration. Only those who borrowed funds from the Farm Security Administration were examined. This group included 4,124 persons. Among them, males and females were divided almost evenly, while Negroes represented one third of the group.

The physicians and the dentists found a total of 14,700 defects and diseases among all persons examined, which is an average of 3.8 defects per person. Only 5 per cent were without detectable defects. The most common type of disease was that of the respiratory system, causing one third of the defects. Diseases of the genitourinary system accounted for one sixth of the defects diagnosed, and the diseases of nutrition and endocrine glands also caused one sixth of the defects. There was much need

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