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This essential text surveys the perspectives, methodologies, and theories that geographers use to address the subject of human health and disease. Wide ranging and international in scope, the volume synthesizes knowledge from across the social, physical, and biological sciences. Coverage includes the cultural ecology of disease; landscape epidemiology; developmental change and human health; biometeorology; disease ecology and spatial analysis in developed countries; spatial interaction in disease diffusion; health care resources, delivery systems, and planning; and research methodologies and data-analytic techniques. Throughout, clearly presented vignettes examine special issues and demonstrate the use of advanced statistical tools. The text is richly illustrated with tables, figures, and maps, including a four-page color insert.
The leading text in the field, this comprehensive book reviews geographic approaches to studying disease and public health issues across the globe. It presents cutting-edge techniques of spatial and social analysis and explores their relevance for understanding cultural and political ecology, disease systems, and health promotion. Essential topics include how new diseases emerge and epidemics develop in particular places; the intersecting influences on health of biological processes, culture, environment, and behavior; and the changing landscape of health care planning and service delivery. The text is richly illustrated with tables, figures, and maps, including 16 color plates.
About the Author
Melinda S. Meade is a professor of geography at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is also an adjunct professor of epidemiology, a member of the ecology curriculum, and a fellow of the Carolina Population Center.
Robert J. Earickson, a medical geographer, is an emeritus professor of geography at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
Table of Contents
1. Questions of Medical Geography
2. The Human Ecology of Disease
3. Landscape Epidemiology
4. Developmental Change and Human Health
5. The Biometeorology of Health Status
6. The Pollution Syndrome
7. Geographies of Disease in Economically Developed Areas
8. Disease Diffusion in Space
9. Health Care Delivery Systems Worldwide
10. Distribution of Health Care Resources
11. Accessibility, Utilization, and Health Services Planning
12. Data, Measures, and Methodologies
13. Scale, Spatial Analysis, and Geographic Visualization
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