Practice Of Medicine: Environmental Threats
Over the past decades, our earth has witnessed progressive environmental degradation not just through natural wear and tear but also because of man’s unending mischiefs. The variations in the environment in terms of temperature, climate, land and a number of chemical and physical agents, both natural and man-made, affect man in numerous ways. Environmental risks are therefore a major burden and a global challenge too. In this course we will deal with the various threats that man is predisposed to, due to the effects of the environment.
The course takes you through the different environmental attributes that affect man in different ways. It begins with the risks associated with travelling from lowlands to higher altitudes and proceeds to discuss the myriad effects of chemical agents like the X rays, gamma rays in the form of radiation, of variations in temperature from hot to cold and vice versa and then the risks associated with man’s interaction with water which include drowning and near drowning.
The interaction between man and the environment is intricate and complex. Understanding the risks that man is predisposed to, while he continues the unavoidable interaction with his environment is but essential in order to lessen the continuously increasing global burden of health problems associated with environmental factors. The importance of studying environmental threats lies in the fact that environmental attributes which threaten man’s health are both unavoidable and non-modifiable. Therefore it is important for all physicians in the making to be well aware of these conditions and thorough in treating them efficiently.
This course enlightens the learner about the various risks involved with exposures to different attributes of the environment such as extremes of temperature, high altitudes and the depths of water along with radiation which is increasingly being utilized in the daily affairs of man in the name of advancement in technology.
The course talks not just about the theoretical aspect of all these conditions in terms of their aetiology, epidemiology, risk factors and clinical presentation but also throws light upon the clinical aspect which includes the diagnosis and management. Together they enable a learner to deal with environmental threats most efficiently which is the need of the hour.