A Companion to Health and Medical Geography by Tim Brown, Sara McLafferty, Graham Moon

By Tim Brown, Sara McLafferty, Graham Moon

This Companion offers a complete account of wellbeing and fitness and scientific geography and methods the foremost subject matters and key themes from quite a few angles.<ul type="disc">• deals a special breadth of issues in relation to either well-being and scientific geography• contains contributions from a variety of students from emerging stars to validated, the world over popular authors• presents an updated evaluate of the kingdom of the sub-discipline• Thematically prepared sections provide specific debts of particular concerns and mix basic overviews of the present literature with case research material• Chapters hide subject matters on the innovative of the sub-discipline, together with rising and re-emerging ailments, the politics of illness, psychological and emotional well-being, landscapes of melancholy, and the geography of care

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Certainly, there are exceptions: rates of immunization, and levels of access to safe drinking water, may be interpreted as positive proxies for health status. So too, may life expectancy rates. Generally speaking, however, health is measured and assessed via opposites and absences. Work by health geographers has maintained that a more positive and holistic view of health is warranted; one consonant with the socio-ecological model, and with a positive orientation that can support policy formulated around ideas such as empowerment, community action, and capacity building.

Brown, M. (1995) Ironies of distance: an ongoing critique of the geographies of AIDS. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space 13, 159–83. , and Macintyre, S. (2007) Understanding and representing “place” in health research: a relational approach. Social Science & Medicine 65, 1825–38. Dorn, M. and Laws, G. (1994) Social theory, body politics, and medical geography: extending Kearns’ invitation. The Professional Geographer 46, 106–10. Douglas, M. (1966) Purity and Danger: An Analysis of the Concepts of Pollution and Taboo.

As they demonstrate, a geographical perspective is not only invaluable to exploring the impact of such exposures in the present but, because of advances in statistical methods and spatial analysis, can help understand the significance of potential risks in the future; most notably here the possible implications associated with global climate change. Although similarly focused on environmental risks, Elliot’s contribution is quite distinct from Jerrett and colleagues. Here, an understanding of the close interrelationship between environmental pollution and human health remains important; however, Elliot shifts attention to the individual and community responses to such exposure.

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