DONALD W. COCKCROFT, M.D.; JAMES A. DOSMAN, M.D.
Farmers may be at risk to develop several respiratory health disorders as a result of inhalation of substances suspended in their environment. Despite the large numbers of farmers in Canada and the United States, information on their respiratory health status remains limited (1-3) and epidemiologic studies relating respiratory symptoms to lung function in farmers have just begun (4, 5). Recent work has suggested that workmen in the cereal grain storage and transporting industry are at risk of developing obstructive pulmonary disease (6-9), and because farmers are exposed to grain dust, they too may be at risk.
There seems little doubt
COCKCROFT DW, DOSMAN JA. Respiratory Health Risks in Farmers. Ann Intern Med. ;95:380–383. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-95-3-380
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1981;95(3):380-383.
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