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Nature Contact and Human Health
Nature Contact and Human Health
Howard Frumkin
Introduction and Background

Nature contact has long been a central element of human life. Well before anyone was recording history, even before Homo sapiens had fully evolved, our ancestors lived their lives embedded in nature. This of course entailed dangers, from hungry saber-toothed tigers to fierce storms, but the natural world also provided the means of survival. Perhaps it also provided less tangible forms of sustenance, such as restoration, stress relief, and (as suggested by cave paintings) inspiration.

Recent years have seen a blossoming of interest in the benefits of nature contact for human health and well-being. The central image of Rachel Carson's 1962 classic, Silent Spring, was the threatened loss of a particular form of ...

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