Medical Geography, Third Edition / Edition 3

Medical Geography, Third Edition / Edition 3

by Melinda S. Meade, Michael Emch
     
 

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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Booknews
This revised and expanded edition surveys the perspectives, methodologies, and theories geographers use to address human health and illness. Providing a broad-based, comprehensive survey of the diversity of medical geography, for upper-division undergraduates and graduates, the volume also serves as a reference for classifications, processes, and systems approached from a holistic and international perspective. In sum, the book provides necessary biology for geographers to understand disease processes and the necessary geographical background for health researchers to understand spatial processes. Topics include the biometeorology of health status, geographies of disease in economically developed areas, health care delivery systems worldwide, and worldwide pollution from noise, radiation, chemicals, and the byproducts of burning. Both authors are medical geographers, Meade at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and Earickson at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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"The third edition of this classic text is now even more accessible, and is a 'must have' for all interested in medical geography. In addition to the traditional disease ecology and environmental themes, the text presents exciting new information on current issues of concern such as globalization, disease, and development. It offers the finest treatment of the medical geography of developmental changes that I have seen. The text is ideal for medical geography, public health, and environmental health courses, as well as the burgeoning number of courses focusing on interdisciplinary and health issues."--Joseph R. Oppong, Department of Geography, University of North Texas 
 
"With new chapters on GIS and neighborhoods and health, and an expanded chapter on spatial analysis, the third edition of this enduring text builds on the strengths of prior editions. The vignettes have been scaled back to focus on important ones that offer students key analytical tools and skills. Meade and Emch have provided an absolutely superb textbook that will deepen our understanding of what medical geography really is and how it promotes health and well-being. Instructors and students will find the book refreshing and easy to read and use. Health science researchers without prior knowledge of GIS and geospatial analysis will find it an excellent entry point for analyzing health-related data geographically."--Ezekiel Kalipeni, Department of Geography, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
 

"This classic text has been the mainstay of Medical Geography classes in the United States for the last 10 years. The third edition contains several welcome updates, especially the sections on GIS and spatial analysis. This is one of the few texts that synthesize many different areas of health and medical geography. Coverage ranges from spatial epidemiology to service delivery, and from densely packed urban environments to impoverished rural areas. The chapters and vignettes make for excellent discussions, giving students enough information to understand the importance and uniqueness of geographic perspectives on health."--Andrew Curtis, Department of Geography, University of Southern California

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781606236918
Publisher:
Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
04/20/2010
Edition description:
Third Edition
Pages:
498
Sales rank:
859,143

Read an Excerpt

Chapter 1. Questions of Medical Geography
Chapter 2. The Human Ecology of Disease
Chapter 3. Landscape Epidemiology
Chapter 4. Developmental Change and Human Health
Chapter 5. The Biometeorology of Health Status
Chapter 6. The Pollution Syndrome
Chapter 7. Geographies of Disease in Economically Developed Areas
Chapter 8. Disease Diffusion in Space
Chapter 9. Health Care Delivery Systems Worldwide
Chapter 10. Distribution of Health Care Resources
Chapter 11. Accessibility, Utilization, and Health Services Planning
Chapter 12. Data, Measures, and Methodologies
Chapter 13. Scale, Spatial Analysis, and Geographic Visualization
Chapter 14. Concluding Words

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