Geographies of Health: An Introduction / Edition 2

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Overview

This text shows how health may be studied from geographical perspectives and reviews a wide range of studies linking health outcomes with social and physical environments.

The structure of the book is designed to guide the reader through the relevant theoretical perspectives, methodologies, and research. It opens with definitions of health and an explanation of how they relate to geography, followed by illustrations of the different theoretical approaches employed. There is also a comprehensive overview of quantitative and qualitative methods. Research is then considered in two broad areas: first, the ways in which social processes operate in space to produce inequalities in health and health provision; second, the ways in which human modification of the environment (including air and water quality, and global environmental change) impacts upon health. The text is supported by current examples of research in a range of geographical settings. Pedagogical features include text boxes, directed further reading at the end of each chapter, a comprehensive bibliography, and a guide to useful Internet resources.

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"Overall, this is a fascinating text. It describes, in very accessible terms, the basic patterns and processes of health and illness. By the time one has finished the book there are almost as many new questions as answers. Since there is so much literature available (albeit in hard-to-access journals) it is surprising that such a subject hasn't been tackled more widely before. Of greatest benefit to educators are the website links (brief, but all the key sites are there) and the range of ideas the author presents. This latter idea is crucial. I have often reviewed texts that might otherwise escape attention because of their implied subject matter or even title. So often there is much to be gained from studying these books. This is a prime example. Virtually every page has a desk or field study idea. Since health has an ecology and certainly an environmental aspect it would make an ideal study for students. Although all but the higher grades of senior school students might find the topic too difficult it should be widely available for all teachers who could find a great range of ideas in the text." Dr Paul S Ganderton, TEGNews,British Ecological Society

"Gatrell's breadth of knowledge of the field of health geography is, I believe, unparalleled. His ability to write for a lay audience is exemplary. His use of copious examples from the widest variety of settings is refreshingly novel and the two dozen pages of references display the geographical and temporal extent of study that have gone into creating this book." Environment and Planning

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405175760
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/27/2009
  • Series: Wiley Desktop Editions Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Anthony C. Gatrell is Dean of the School of Health and Medicine and Professor of the Geography of Health at Lancaster University. His publications include Distance and Space: A Geographical Perspective (1983), Interactive Spatial Data Analysis (with Trevor Bailey) (1995), GIS and Health (edited with Markku Löytönen) (1998), and Geographies of Health (Blackwell, 2001).

Susan J. Elliott is Professor of Geography at McMaster University. She has published extensively in the area of effects on individual and community health of environmental exposures and was recently appointed to the United Nations University International Network on Water, Environment and Health.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures

List of Tables

Pt. I Describing and Explaining Health in Geographical Settings 1

Ch. 1 Introducing Geographies of Health 3

Ch. 2 Explaining Geographies of Health 23

Ch. 3 Method and Technique in the Geography of Health 49

Pt. II Health and the Social Environment 85

Ch. 4 Inequalities in Health Outcomes 87

Ch. 5 Inequalities in the Provision and Utilization of Health Services 124

Ch. 6 People on the Move: Migration and Health 154

Pt. III Health and Human Modification of the Environment 179

Ch. 7 Air Quality and Health 181

Ch. 8 Water Quality and Health 200

Ch. 9 Health Impacts of Global Environmental Change 218

Ch. 10 Conclusions: Emerging Themes in Geographies of Health 236

References 241

App Web-based Resources for the Geographies of Health 269

Index 275

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