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January NaN, 2001

Overpopulation as a Public Health Challenge

Author Affiliations

Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorJody W.ZylkeMD, Contributing EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2001;285(4):411. doi:10.1001/jama.285.4.407

To the Editor: Drs Koplan and Fleming1 proffer a list of 10 public health challenges for the decades ahead. But they do not go far enough in focusing on the greatest threat to human health: environmental degradation on a global scale. A growing human population consuming resources at an unsustainable rate has put humanity's future in jeopardy. Global warming, emerging infections, massive human migrations, and species extinctions all stem from our inability to confront or control our fertility and our appetite.

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