Agricultural Medicine: Occupational and Environmental Health for the Health Professions
May 2006, Wiley-Blackwell
Satisfying a growing need for a textbook on this significant
aspect of public health, Agricultural Medicine is the first
comprehensive textbook and reference for students of public health
and health professionals in the field of rural medicine.
Agricultural health and safety engages a multidisciplinary team of
medical professionals, engineers, sociologists, epidemiologists,
and psychologists for whom this book is an overdue yet essential
The authors bring a combined 60 years of practice, research, teaching, and scholarship in agricultural medicine to the design and content of this book. Their farm background and ownership add practicality and relevancy to their presentation. An overview of the industry and workforce—agricultural production in the global economy, demographics of the workforce, regulations, statistics, and organizations targeting agricultural health and safety—provides context for the broad but thorough coverage of diseases, infectious and toxic agents, and potential injuries to which agricultural populations are exposed daily.
About the Authors.
1. Introduction and Overview.
2. Special Risk Populations in Agricultural communities.
3. Agricultural Respiratory Diseases.
4. Agricultural Skin Diseases.
5. Cancer in Agricultural Populations.
6. Health Effects of Agricultural Pesticides.
7. General Environmental Hazards in Agriculture.
8. Musculoskeletal Diseases in Agriculture.
9. Physical Factors Affecting Health in Agriculture.
10. Psychosocial Conditions in Agriculture.
11. Acute Agricultural Injuries.
12. Veterinary Biological and Therapeutic Occupational Hazards.
13. Zoonotic Diseases: An Overview.
14. Prevention of Illness and Injury in Agricultural Populations.
Anders Thelin, MD, PhD, an occupational medicine physician specializing in agricultural medicine.