Medicine: Direful Pick, Salutary Hoe

In the summer of 1934 when jobless men from factory and skyscraper turned to pick out PWA highways or to hoe subsistence gardens, Surgeon General Hugh Smith Gumming of the U. S. Public Health Service searched for a relationship between a man's occupation and his health. Death proved to be the best indicator of such relationship, providing the following rates, which Dr. Gumming published last week:

Deaths per 1,000


Agricultural workers 6.2

Professional men 7.0

Proprietors, managers and officials. 7.4

Clerks and kindred workers 7.4

Skilled workers and foremen 8.1

Semiskilled workers. 9.9


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