Cartographies of Disease: Maps, Mapping, and Medicine

Cartographies of Disease: Maps, Mapping, and Medicine

by Tom Koch

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Cartographies of Disease: Maps, Mapping, and Medicine, new expanded edition, is a comprehensive survey of the technology of mapping and its relationship to the battle against disease. This look at medical mapping advances the argument that maps are not merely representations of spatial realities but a way of thinking about relationships between viral and bacterial communities, human hosts, and the environments in which diseases flourish. Cartographies of Disease traces the history of medical mapping 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. The original chapters have some minor updating and two new chapters have been added. Chapter 13 attempts to understand how the hundreds of maps of Ebola revealed not simply disease incidence but the way in which the epidemic itself was perceived. Chapter 14, is about the spatiality of the disease and the means by which different cartographic approaches may affect the means by which infectious outbreaks like Ebola can be confronted and contained.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781589484672
Publisher: ESRI Press
Publication date: 01/23/2017
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 412
Sales rank: 784,623
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Dr. Tom Koch is a clinical ethicist and gerontologist based in Canada. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia, where he developed a series of teaching labs for medical geography. In 2005, he and coauthor, Kenneth Denike, were honored with an award for their paper on teaching medical geography through an analysis of John Snow's 1855 map of cholera in the Broad Street area of London.

Table of Contents

List of figures
Introduction to the second edition

Chapter 1 Mapping and map making
Chapter 2 Medical mapping: Early histories
Chapter 3 Mapping and statistics: 1830–1849
Chapter 4 John Snow: The London epidemics
Chapter 5 The cholera debate
Chapter 6 Map as intent: Variations on John Snow
Chapter 7 Mapping legacy
Chapter 8 Public health: The divorce
Chapter 9 Disease ecologies: Disease atlases
Chapter 10 Complex processes: Diffusion and structure
Chapter 11 GIS and medical mapping
Chapter 12 Map thinking redux
Chapter 13 Entr’acte
Chapter 14 Ebola in West Africa: When outbreaks threaten epidemic status


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