Human health and forested ecosystems: Exploring historical transitions of diseases and perceptions
Computing, Health and Science
Natural Sciences, Centre for Ecosystem Management
This paper examines the relationships between human health and the health of eco-systems from a historical perspective, by summarizing first the changing nature of human diseases over the last century, and then the changing perceptions of illness. A section detailing the relation-ships between emergent diseases and environmental change is followed by examples of forest change and human health in Australia, highlighting particular features of forest management that are related to human health issues. The paper makes a prognosis for future perceptions of the significance of this relationship
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