Overpopulation is main driverBMJ 2011; 342 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d2886 (Published 11 May 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d2886
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It is wonderful to see a prestigious journal such as the BMJ at last
joining the debate on population growth and I should like to congratulate
not just the author of this letter but also the letters editor.
Increasing population is behind almost every problem facing mankind
and our finite planet: unless population numbers can be stabilised the
outlook is grim. Seventy five million extra people on this planet every
year......In other words,less and less for more and more
Doctors can and in my view, should play a large part in delivering
the necessary contraception and health education, but also, as respected
and informed members of society, campaign for urgent acceptance of the
massive importance of population planning by seemingly blind (?scared)
politicians, and health care strategists and the general public.
Mankind himself, by sheer numbers, is the biggest public health
hazard : he is also threatening our whole environment by rampant
In the 1970s there was a group known as 'Doctors and Overpopulation'
(DAOPG)led I recall by Dr John Lorraine in Edinburgh and a Dr Morris in
London: I was a student member. Unfortunately the group fizzled out on the
untimely death of these two enlightened doctors- the population issue most
certainly has not.
Competing interests: individual member of several environmental charities
As with other aspects of healthy, responsible living that we as GPs
desperately try to encourage our patients to adopt, how much of it is
really taken on board by patients when we do not practice what we preach?
How many overweight, non-exercising healthcare professionals are
there? Some even still smoke!
With regards to the issue in this letter it seems to me that GPs are
among the worst offenders for large families with many having 3 or more
As with everything else this useful and important message will join
the confused overly-paternal messages to our patients. Do as I say not as
Perhaps when we address our own unhealthy behaviours patients may
start to listen and take action.
Competing interests: No competing interests