"This is an improved second edition of a text that has become required reading in most upper-division undergraduate and graduate courses on medical geography. Coverage of various subdisciplines has been enhanced with topical examples and discussions of the new analytical techniques that have come to the fore in the last decade, such as the impact of GIS. The reader is shown the interaction between various geographic systems--including physical, cultural, and political surfaces--and different disease surfaces, via a series of case studies. The sections on spatial analysis and visualization are particularly interesting, as these are at the root of the current research dialogue between medical geography and public health. This text serves as an excellent teaching tool for a first class on medical geography and as a general resource for anyone interested in these issues."--Andrew Curtis, Department of Geography and Anthropology, Louisiana State University
"In the best tradition of geography, this text is truly an interdisciplinary endeavor. It draws effectively on many different bodies of literature to construct a more holistic understanding of the geography of human health. True to the strengths and internationally recognized expertise of the authors, the book admirably spans the twin traditions of disease ecology and the geography of health services research. It also reaches out to include such new issues and areas of debate as pollution, global warming, poverty, and other late-modern determinants of health. Many helpful illustrations and case study vignettes enhance the text's prospects as an educational tool, and the inclusion of several 'methodological' chapters is also laudable. Each of these chapters will serve as an excellent introduction and springboard for discussion as part of a senior undergraduate or graduate-level course in medical geography. The volume will also be of interest to non-geographers who seek a deeper understanding of the complex social
About the Author
Melinda S. Meade is a professor of geography at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is also an adjunct professor of epidemiology, a member of the ecology curriculum, and a fellow of the Carolina Population Center.
Robert J. Earickson, a medical geographer, is an emeritus professor of geography at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.