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ARAUJO, José Newton Garcia de; GREGGIO, Maria Regina  e  PINHEIRO, Tarcísio Márcio Magalhães. Pesticides: a seed planted in the body and mind of rural workers. Psicol. rev. (Belo Horizonte) [online]. 2013, vol.19, n.3, pp. 389-406. ISSN 1677-1168.

This article discusses an experience of medical and psychological treatment of rural workers, in the Specialized Service on Occupational Health (Serviço Especializado em Saúde do Trabalhador - SEST) of Hospital Clinics, Federal University of Minas Gerais. That experience was based upon a model of interdisciplinary intervention and research, involving medical groups of work medicine and work psychology. The individuals treated often pointed out diffuse symptoms of physical and mental illnesses, supposedly associated with effects of contact with pesticides and to their poor working conditions, besides the psychosocial vulnerability of their lives. Such symptoms can be included in the frame of "minor mental disorders" or of the "general syndrome of nervous fatigue", through which Le Guillant (2006) studied the links between working process and illness incoming. Some fragments of the cases treated in the SEST are discussed, based upon some theories of work clinics

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