The Park Doctor Blog

A curation of the latest articles, news and thought pieces on planetary health, protected areas, and the links between conservation and medicine.
Human Health on an Ailing Planet

Human Health on an Ailing Planet

Could the concept of a healthy human on a destroyed planet have any merit? Is there any precedence in history for Doctors taking to arms to defend their field of health and wellness on a grand scale? An article in the New England Journal of Medicine by James Dunk and...

Medical Support for the Tour de Tuli

Medical Support for the Tour de Tuli

The Nedbank Tour de Tuli is a mountain bike race taking place over four days and through wilderness areas in countries including Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa. Participants cover an average of 80kms per day in tough terrain amidst wildlife and sweeping views of...

Protect half the Earth for a healthy future

Protect half the Earth for a healthy future

How much of the Earth do we need to protect from farming, development and settlement to ensure the future of health of both ourselves and our planet? And how are we doing so far?  The Global Deal for Nature calls for half of our planet to be set aside to protect...

Planetary Health isn’t a new concept

Planetary Health isn’t a new concept

“Planetary health isn’t a “new discipline”; it is merely an extension of a concept that was understood by our ancestors, and remains the vocation of all healthcare providers. Discourse on the topic requires cultural competency, critical consciousness and a greater appreciation of marginalized voices.”
Doctors against Climate Change

Doctors against Climate Change

Around the world, groups of doctors are realising the devastation of climate change and the links to human health.  In June, over 1000 UK doctors signed a letter against the 'Cancer of Climate Change'. Their demands are aligned with those of Extinction Rebellion....

The man who saved a forest

The man who saved a forest

Protected Areas are a cornerstone of eco-conservation, allowing areas of pristine wilderness to be protected from the pressures of farming and other industrial land uses in order to conserve the fauna and flora that depend on the natural habitat for their survival....

British soldier killed during anti-poaching patrol

British soldier killed during anti-poaching patrol

Matthew Talbot was 22 when he died. He was a volunteer from the British Army, devoting his time to protecting elephants in Malawi against poachers who have halved their population in recent years. He is believed to have been deployed in Liwonde National Park when the...

The Bigger Picture: Civilisation Health

The Bigger Picture: Civilisation Health

The Lancet Planetary Health has published a call for more articles on the concept of Civilisational Health. As they put it: "It is useful to think of civilisational health in terms of a more familiar and somewhat less grandiose term: sustainability. Analogous to human...

EAT-Lancet Planetary Health Diet

EAT-Lancet Planetary Health Diet

The EAT-Lancet commission on diet was formed of over 30 experts across medicine, diet and planetary health. Their goal was to come up with dietary recommendations that will allow us to sustain our growing human population, but reduce our impact on a planet that is...

Doctors Supporting Rangers

1 in 7 Wildlife Rangers Seriously Injured

Violence, murder, danger, discomfort, illness. Remote placement, minimal equipment, limited communications, limited support. Poor pay, little recognition. This sounds like the sort of job description that would send most people running. Add to it new statistics: 1 in...

Physician’s Social Responsibility

Physician’s Social Responsibility

In an article entitled Physician's Social Responsibility, Catherine Thomasson writes: Health professionals have the skills to be excellent advocates. They are trained to seek causes of illness and demand evidence to evaluate treatments. This leads them to understand...