Surgical implications of global warming

Joseph W Smith and Guy J Maddern
Med J Aust 2011; 195 (6): . || doi: 10.5694/mja11.10649
Published online: 19 September 2011

To the Editor: There is international recognition of the substantial threat that global warming presents to human health and of the challenges that it poses to health service delivery. The World Health Organization has estimated that global warming and climate change-related natural disasters account for over 60 000 deaths globally per year.1 Global warming will also have implications for surgery and surgical practice.

  • Joseph W Smith
  • Guy J Maddern

  • Department of Surgery, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA.

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