, Volume 13, Issue 4, pp 824–825 | Cite as

The Big Challenge: Climate and Health

  • Grant BlashkiEmail author
Book Review

Climate Change and Public Health, Barry S. Levy, Jonathan A. Patz, 2015, Oxford University Press

The late and much loved Prof Tony McMichael, to whom the book Climate Change and Public Healthis dedicated, tells us in Chapter 3 the story of an inebriated man searching for his lost car keys only in the illuminated region under a lamp post because, “that’s where the light is”. Prof McMichael then uses this story to warn that it is tempting for researchers to choose research priorities only under the figurative lamp post, that is, asking only those questions that are directly amenable to conventional research methods. He calls upon future researchers to “widen their horizons and their skills”, to “embrace new concepts and methods”, to “understand the dynamics of complex systems” and to “engage in genuinely interdisciplinary research”. This first-rate book edited by Barry S Levy and Jonathan A Patz indeed honours these sentiments and is a valuable resource for researchers, students and...


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© International Association for Ecology and Health 2016

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Nossal Institute for Global HealthThe University of MelbourneMelbourneAustralia

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