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Emergency medicine and environmental activism


Couser, G, Emergency medicine and environmental activism, Emergency Medicine Australasia, 16, (5-6) pp. 469-472. ISSN 1742-6731 (2004) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1742-6723.2004.00652.x


Clearfell, burn and sow silviculture is promoted as being the most scientific method of harvesting wet sclerophyll forests in Tasmania. However, it fails to take into account wider social and global environmental issues such as climate change and the carbon cycle. This paper describes an emergency physician's role in the continuing debate surrounding the management of Tasmania's old-growth forests. Like evidence-based medicine, the use of science in this context has its limitations, and such comparisons are discussed.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:activism;emergency medicine;environment;evidence-based medicine;old-growth forests;Tasmania
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Clinical sciences
Research Field:Paramedicine
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Adaptation to climate change
Objective Field:Climate change adaptation measures (excl. ecosystem)
UTAS Author:Couser, G (Dr Geoffrey Couser)
ID Code:98838
Year Published:2004
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2015-03-04
Last Modified:2015-03-04

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