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Farm, Field and Fireside: Health and Hygiene

A guide to health and wellness topics in the Farm, Field and Fireside collection of farm periodicals. Supplements the main Farm, Field and Fireside guide.


1. John J. Fry, The Farm Press, Reform, and Rural Change, 1895-1920 (New York: Routledge, 2005), 142.

2. Albert Lowther Demaree, The American Agricultural Press: 1819-1860 (New York: Columbia University Press, 1941), 146.

3. Richard T. Farrell, "Advice to Farmers: the Content of Agricultural Newspapers, 1860-1910," Agricultural History 51.1 (1977): 211; Kim Chuppa-Cornell, "Filling a Vacuum: Women's Health Information in Good Housekeeping's Articles and Advertisements, 1920-1965," The Historian 67.3 (2005): 473.


1. Steven M. Stowe, "Health and Disease," in Encyclopedia of the United States in the Nineteenth Century, ed. Paul Finkelman (New York: Charles Scibner's Sons, 2001), 2:18.

2. Michael R. Haines, "Death rate, by cause: 1900–1998: Table Ab929-951" in Historical Statistics of the United States, Earliest Times to the Present: Millennial Edition, ed. by Susan B. Carter et al. (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2006), 1:463-466.

3. Kim Allen Scott, "Plague on the Homefront: Arkansas and the Great Influenza Epidemic of 1918," Arkansas Historical Quarterly 47.4 (1988): 317.

4. John Duffy, "Influenza," in Dictionary of American History, ed. Stanley I. Kutler, 3d ed. (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2003), 4:354.

5. Geri Clark, "The Battle against Tuberculosis: Robert Koch, the Development of TB Sanitariums, and the Enactment of Public Health Measures," in Science and Its Times, eds. Neil Schlager and Josh Lauer (Detroit: Gale, 2000), 5:308.

6. Vincent Tompkins, "The Tuberculosis Movement," in American Decades: 1900-1909, (Detroit: Gale, 1996), 388.

7. George D. Joseph, "Tuberculosis," in Dictionary of American History (see note 4), 8:236.

8. Demaree, American Agricultural Press, 173-174.

9. William D. Johnston, "Tuberculosis," in Cambridge Historical Dictionary of Disease, ed. Kenneth F. Kiple (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2003), 341.

Women's Health

1. Chuppa-Cornell, "Filling a Vacuum," 473.

2. Shirelle Phelps and Jeffrey Lehman, "Comstock Law of 1873," in West's Encyclopedia of American Law, 2d ed. (Detroit: Gale, 2005), 3:67.

Child Rearing

1. Marilyn Irvin Holt, Linoleum, Better Babies, and the Modern Farm Woman, (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, 1995), 118.

2. N.W., "The Kingdom of Motherhood," Prairie Farmer 67, no. 11 (March 16, 1895): 11.

3. "Our Home Club," Farmer's Wife 14, no. 8 (December, 1909): 6.

4. Holt, Linoleum, Better Babies, and the Modern Farm Woman, 109.

5. Dennis Allen, "Physical Culture," in Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender, ed. Fedwa Malti-Douglas (Detroit: MacMillan, 2007), 3:1141.

6. "Hygienic Character of Soups," Prairie Farmer 49, no. 48 (November 30, 1878): 3.

Mental Health

1. A Physician, "Good Health: Hygiene on the Farm," Prairie Farmer 43, no. 12 (March 23, 1872): 3.

2. William E. Wingfield, "Mental Illness" in Dictionary of American History ed. Stanley I. Kutler, 3d ed. (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2003), 3:314.