Medical Geography, Second Edition

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9781572305588: Medical Geography, Second Edition

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..

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"This is an improved second edition of a text that has become required reading in most upper-division undergraduate and graduate courses on medical geography. Coverage of various subdisciplines has been enhanced with topical examples and discussions of the new analytical techniques that have come to the fore in the last decade, such as the impact of GIS. The reader is shown the interaction between various geographic systems--including physical, cultural, and political surfaces--and different disease surfaces, via a series of case studies. The sections on spatial analysis and visualization are particularly interesting, as these are at the root of the current research dialogue between medical geography and public health. This text serves as an excellent teaching tool for a first class on medical geography and as a general resource for anyone interested in these issues." Andrew Curtis, Department of Geography and Anthropology, Louisiana State University

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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.

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