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When Work Makes You Sick
A Farmworker’s Experience in the Field
Tracie M. Addy
Catherine E. LePrevost
Courtney L. McGinnis
This case study was inspired by a real-life scenario, and follows the story of Roberto, a migrant farmworker whose health is impacted by the usage of pesticides on a farm. With the help of a health care provider, Roberto becomes aware of the effects of pesticides on his well-being. Students utilize a database and draw conclusions from data in order to answer the case questions. The case concludes with an activity that uses the "intimate debate" technique in which students use scientific data as evidence to argue whether or not the pesticide under discussion should be banned from usage. This case was originally developed for undergraduate anatomy and physiology or toxicology courses. Students are expected to have some background knowledge in nerve structure and function as well as the mechanics of neural transmission before starting the case.
|Keywords:||pesticides; toxicity; mevinphos; neural transmission; neurons; cholinesterase; acetylcholinesterase; organophosphate; migrant;|
|Educational Level:||Undergraduate lower division, Undergraduate upper division|
|Type/Method:||Intimate Debate, Interrupted|
|Subject Headings:||Biology (General) Ecology Environmental Science Physiology Medicine (General) Public Health Toxicology|
|Copyright:||Copyright held by the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science, University at Buffalo, State University of New York. Please see our usage guidelines, which outline our policy concerning permissible reproduction of this work.|
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