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The cow war

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7295.1189/a (Published 12 May 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1189
  1. George Dunea, attending physician
  1. Cook County Hospital, Chicago, USA

    Seventy years before the current livestock epidemic, enraged farmers in southern Iowa used clubs, gas pipes, rubber hoses, and tree limbs to attack officials and vets sent to test their herds. They threw stones, dirt, even pumpkins, manhandled officials, and damaged their cars. It was one of a series of incidents in what became known as the cow war.

    This war of September 1931 was described in detail by George Mills in his book One …

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