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Health, Place and Society Paperback – 18 Oct 2001

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  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall (18 Oct. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0130164550
  • ISBN-13: 978-0130164551
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,306,104 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"...a thought-provoking and engaging book which tries to introduce and equip readers with the basic conceptual and craft tools they need to understand, question and analyse socio-spatial inequalities in health." Steven Cummins, Univ of Glasgow, Sociology of Health & Illness, Volume 24.

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How long will you live? Will you live a healthy life? If you are well, why are you well when others are ill? Where is health best and worst in the world, in your country, in your neighbourhood? Which groups of people suffer the worst ill health and why? What lies behind the inequalities in our chances of experiencing good or poor health? How do people find out about these things? What can they do about it? Which explanations for how health, place and society are connected are most valid? When will these issues be addressed?
This book introduces students of geography, sociology and the health sciences to the key factors connecting health, place and society. It uses many of the latest research findings while providing an historical context for the sources of this knowledge. The book provides a brief and accessible introduction to the fields of medical sociology and geography, drawing on epidemiology, health care studies and history. It provides many examples and case studies and it suggests further reading, film watching and internet surfing to encourage the reader to explore this rapidly expanding research field further.
In the Preface to the book Peter Haggett says- "One cannot read this book without sensing the authors’ zest for their chosen field, and a refusal to be hidebound by disciplinary boundaries or conventions. It simply bubbles with their shared interest and enthusiasm for their subject."
This book was written while all three authors were based in the School of Geographical Sciences at the University of Bristol. Mary Shaw is now Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Social Medicine at the University of Bristol, Danny Dorling is a Professor in the School of Geography at the University of Leeds and Richard Mitchell is Research Fellow in the Research Unit in Health, Behaviour and Change at the University of Edinburgh. The authors have jointly written over 50 journal papers, book chapters and books.

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