H. Phelps Potter Jr, MD
To the Editors: McCally and Cassel (1) have reviewed the compelling evidence that environmental collapse may occur during the next century. They have described the health consequences, urged physicians to get involved, and pointed out that "environmental degradation can be viewed as an ecological problem, the result of an imbalance between the earth's resources and the rapidly growing human population."
Evidence for continuing runaway world population growth exists, and the primary means of containing this growth is international family planning (2). Unfortunately, access to family planning in the United States and in developing nations (dependent on U.S. foreign aid) is
Potter HP. Population and the Environment. Ann Intern Med. 1991;114:170–171. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-114-2-170
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1991;114(2):170-171.
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