medical geography

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medical geography

The study of disease patterns as influenced by regional or global climate, microbiology, pollution, or other environmental factors; the relationship between the health of populations and the places in which they live.

medical geography

The relationship between geographic factors and disease. With the growth of world travel, medical geography has assumed ever-increasing importance in the contexts of both public health and research.
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Chapter 1 defines the scope of health geography, introduces the theories and presents basic assumptions and philosophies underlying much of the research presented in this book.
Recent theory and research--especially that coming out of the fields of social work, mental health geography, and psychiatric epidemiology--reveals critical dimensions involving the assessment and intervention on the macro and micro levels of practice.
In particular, it provides analytical tools for health geography and epidemiological research in cases where geographical display is important.
During the 1990s, a rupture occurred that left medical geography on one side and health geography on the other.

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