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Post Peak Medicine

Practising medicine in an age of peak oil, resource depletion and socioeconomic collapse

Welcome to the home of the Post Peak Medicine project.

The 21st century will probably be unlike any other century before or since. It will be a century of peaking and then declining natural resources: first oil, then natural gas, water, food, coal and uranium. Peak oil, resource depletion, climate change and socioeconomic collapse may be the defining characteristics of this century. At the same time, we will have to deal with a record number of human beings on the planet.

Our political, economic and media leaders have prepared us poorly for what is likely to come. The overwhelming message from mainstream sources is in effect that we have infinite resources and can enjoy continuous improvement and infinite growth without consequences, and that technology will find a way to overcome any obstacle. When these things fail to happen (which is almost inevitable) there is likely to be much confusion and anger and a lack of consensus about what to do next.

This book can't solve all of these problems, but maybe it can help in a small way. It is intended mainly as a guide by and for healthcare professionals, to help ease our transition into a post-peak healthcare system.

You can download the latest versions of the books by clicking on the "download" link at the top of this page. Comments, suggestions and donations are welcome.