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An introduction to the geography of health [publication] /

by Anthamatten, Peter; Hazen,Helen.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 2011, 20111Description: XVIII, 273 p. ; 26 cm.ISBN: 9780415498067 .SAPHIR theme(s): Environnement et santé | Inégalités sociales - Déterminants sociaux de la santé - PrécaritéMeSH subject(s): Geography | Public Health | Environmental Medicine | Epidemiology | HandbooksPUBLICATION TYPE SAPHIR: MonographSummary: The book provides an accessible introduction to this rapidly growing field, covering theoretical and methodological background. The text is divided into three sections which consider distinct approaches and techniques related to health geographies. Section one introduces ecological approaches, with a focus on how natural and built environments affect human health. For instance, how have irrigation projects influenced the spread of water-borne diseases? How can modern healthcare settings, such as hospitals, affect the spread and evolution of pathogens? Section two discusses social aspects of health and healthcare, considering health as not merely a biological interaction between a pathogen and human host, but as a process that is situated among social factors which ultimately drive who suffers from what, and where disease occurs. Section three then considers spatial techniques and approaches to exploring health, giving special focus to the growing role of cartography and geographic information systems (GIS) in the study of health. [Ed.]
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The book provides an accessible introduction to this rapidly growing field, covering theoretical and methodological background. The text is divided into three sections which consider distinct approaches and techniques related to health geographies. Section one introduces ecological approaches, with a focus on how natural and built environments affect human health. For instance, how have irrigation projects influenced the spread of water-borne diseases? How can modern healthcare settings, such as hospitals, affect the spread and evolution of pathogens? Section two discusses social aspects of health and healthcare, considering health as not merely a biological interaction between a pathogen and human host, but as a process that is situated among social factors which ultimately drive who suffers from what, and where disease occurs. Section three then considers spatial techniques and approaches to exploring health, giving special focus to the growing role of cartography and geographic information systems (GIS) in the study of health. [Ed.]