Cartographies of Disease: Maps, Mapping, and Medicine

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Overview


A comprehensive survey of the technology of mapping and its relationship to the battle against disease, this look at medical mapping advances a radical argument that maps are not merely representations of spatial realities but a way of thinking about relations between viral and bacterial communities, human hosts, and the environments in which diseases flourish. The history of medical mapping is traced--from its growth in the 19th century during an era of trade and immigration to its renaissance in the 1990s during a new era of globalization. Referencing maps older than John Snow's famous cholera maps of London in the mid-19th century, this survey pulls from the plague maps of the 1600s, while addressing current issues concerning the ability of GIS technology to track diseases worldwide.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589481206
  • Publisher: ESRI Press
  • Publication date: 7/1/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 408
  • Product dimensions: 7.42 (w) x 9.38 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Meet the Author


TOM KOCH is a writer and bioethicist specializing in medical ethics. A frequent contributor to newspapers, magazines, and the CBC Radio, he is the author of 11 books.
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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Mapping and mapmaking 1
Ch. 2 Medical mapping : early histories 15
Ch. 3 Mapping and statistics : 1830-1849 41
Ch. 4 John Snow : the London epidemics 75
Ch. 5 The cholera debate 105
Ch. 6 Map as intent : variations on John Snow 129
Ch. 7 Mapping legacy 157
Ch. 8 Public health : the divorce 193
Ch. 9 Disease ecologies : disease atlases 215
Ch. 10 Complex processes : diffusion and structure 249
Ch. 11 GIS and medical mapping 283
Ch. 12 Map thinking : an afterword 327
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