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June 25, 2008

Physicians and Environmental Change—Reply

JAMA. 2008;299(24):2856. doi:10.1001/jama.299.24.2856-b

In Reply: As Drs Lupo and Hagan observe, intelligent, dispassionate persons differ in their interpretations of data and opinions about certain aspects of global environmental conditions, including climate change. Issues of this magnitude should always be considered on the basis of scientific evidence and the most reasonable estimations as foundations for prediction. The unprecedented amount of discussion of these issues may lead to very important decisions by individuals, industry, governments, and society. As my Commentary indicated, I believe that physicians must accept responsibility for becoming educated on their own terms about environmental issues, so that they may become leaders on the medical aspects of these matters.