Medical Geography

ISBN-10: 1606230166
ISBN-13: 9781606230169
Edition: 3rd 2010 (Revised)
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Book details

List price: $80.00
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Guilford Publications
Publication date: 4/20/2010
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 498
Size: 7.25" wide x 10.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.662

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.

Questions of Medical Geography
What's in a Name?
A Brief History of Medical Geography
Definitions and Terminology
The Challenge of Medical Geography
References
Further Reading
The Human Ecology of Disease
Health
The Triangle of Human Ecology
Transmission and Creation of Infectious Disease
Nutrition and Health
Conclusion
References
Further Reading
Biological Classifications of Importance to Health
Maps and Geographic Information Systems in Medical Geography
Cartography of Disease
Types of Maps: Some Issues
Geographic Information Systems
Disease Maps on the Web
Conclusion
References
Further Reading
Landscape Epidemiology
Regions
Transmissible Disease Systems
The Landscape Epidemiology Approach
The Cultural Dimension of Water-Based Disease Transmission
The Cultural Ecology of Tick-Borne and Other Transmissible Diseases
Regionalization
Ecological Complications
Conclusion
References
Further Reading
Field Mapping for Landscape Epidemiology
Transitions and Development
Ecologies of Population Change: Multiple Transitions
Major Impacts of Population Change
Nutrition in Transition
The Mobility Transition and Time-Space Geography
Disease Ecologies of the Agricultural Frontier
Other Development Impacts on Rural Ecologies
World Urbanization and Changing Disease Ecologies
Globalization of Movements
Conclusion: Emerging Diseases in Your Future
References
Further Reading
Age Standardization
Microspatial Exposure Analysis
Climate and Weather: Influences on Health
Direct Biometeorological Influences
The Influences of the Weather
Seasonality of Death and Birth
How Climate Change Is Likely to Affect Health and Disease
Conclusion
References
Further Reading
Monthly Indexes
Seasonality of Birth
Physical Zonation of Climates and Biomes
The Pollution Syndrome
Toxic Hazards of Natural and Economic Origins
Outdoor Air Pollution
Indoor Air Pollution
Water Pollution
Radioactive Pollution
Risk Assessment and Prevention
Globalization and the Perception of Health Hazards
The Geometry of Hazards, Power, and Policy
Conclusion
References
Further Reading
Political Ecology of Noncommunicable Diseases
The Dimension of Mortality
The Poverty Syndrome
Race in the Study of Health Risks
Gender: Women's Health
Causal Reasoning and Epidemiological Design
Disease Ecology: Cancer
Disease Ecology: Cardiovascular Disease
Unknown Etiology and Other Questions
The Precautionary Principle and Some Political Ecology of Research
Conclusion
References
Further Reading
Neighborhoods and Health
The Concept of Neighborhood Health
Neighborhood Definition and Units
Analyzing Neighborhood Effects on Health
Effects of the Built Environment on Health
The Challenges of Neighborhood Health Studies
Conclusion
References
Further Reading
Disease Diffusion in Space
Terminology
Disease Diffusion
Modeling Disease Diffusion
Influenzas
Geographic Approaches to the Pandemic of AIDS
Other Epidemics
References
Further Reading
Diffusion Waves or Stochastic Simulation of Individual Contact?
Health Care and Promotion
Asclepius: Provision of Medical Care
Asclepius Unrobed: Cultural Alternatives and Perceptions
Hygeia: Health Promotion
References
Further Reading
Application of Spatial Statistics to Health Care Delivery
Scale, Spatial Analysis, and Geographic Visualization
Some Issues of Scale
The Ecological Fallacy
Scale of Analysis and Units of Observation
Sources for Spatial Disease Data
Visualizing and Summarizing Disease Distributions
Spatial Analysis
Spatial Statistics
Conclusion
References
Further Reading
Chi-Square Statistical Test
Regression Analysis
Spatial Autocorrelation
Concluding Words
Index
About the Authors

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