Why are rainfall, carcinogens, and primary care physicians distributed unevenly over space? The fourth edition of the leading text in the field has been updated and reorganized to cover the latest developments in disease ecology and health promotion across the globe. The book accessibly introduces the core questions and perspectives of health and medical geography and presents cutting-edge techniques of mapping and spatial analysis. It explores the intersecting genetic, ecological, behavioral, cultural, and socioeconomic processes that underlie patterns of health and disease in particular places, including how new diseases and epidemics emerge. Geographic dimensions of health care access and service provision are addressed. More than 100 figures include 16 color plates; most are available as PowerPoint slides at the companion website.
New to This Edition:
*Chapters on the political ecology of health; emerging infectious diseases and landscape genetics; food, diet, and nutrition; and urban health.
*Coverage of Middle East respiratory syndrome, Ebola, and Zika; impacts on health of global climate change; contaminated water crises in economically developed countries, including in Flint, Michigan; China's rapid industrial growth; and other timely topics.
*Updated throughout with current data and concepts plus advances in GIS.
*End-of-chapter review questions and suggestions for further reading.
*Section Introductions that describe each chapter.
*"Quick Reviews"--within-chapter recaps of key concepts.
*Bold-faced key terms and an end-of-book glossary.
Publisher: Guilford Publications
Number of pages: 512
Weight: 1120 g
Dimensions: 254 x 178 x 30 mm
Edition: 4th New edition
"The fourth edition is a major update, with several new chapters covering such topics as political ecology and genetics. The title has been expanded from Medical Geography to Health and Medical Geography, reflecting the important shift to integrated perspectives. The authors present diverse holistic approaches to a broad and complex set of topics. This is arguably the comprehensive volume on health and medical geography--an evolution of a classic text that reflects the dynamic changes in the field. The writing is clear and engaging, and it avoids burying the reader in nonessential terminology or references. Many genuinely interesting historical and contemporary examples--some of them new even to this experienced reader--are included to illustrate the ideas."--Andrew C. Comrie, PhD, School of Geography and Development, University of Arizona
"I am very happy with the new additions and updates in the fourth edition. I like the new discussion of genetically based differences in metabolism and the expanded coverage of water pollution as an environmental justice issue. Disease diffusion is now framed in terms of environmental exposures, the mobility transition, and the space-time context. An impressive amount of work went into updating this text, which will be useful for instructors in our field."--Sue C. Grady, PhD, Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences, Michigan State University
"Comprehensive, well organized, and engaging. One strength of the text is that it provides basic information on geographic concepts, so that students without a geography background will not be 'lost.' It should work well for almost any introductory medical or health geography course, regardless of the instructor's particular interests--there is something for everyone. The book is well illustrated and presents example studies from all parts of the globe. The references and suggestions for further reading are not only useful for preparing lectures, but also can serve well for students further pursuing medical geographic or epidemiologic study. I will use this book in my course."--Anthony J. Dzik, PhD, Department of Social Sciences, Shawnee State University, Ohio
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