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Cartographies of Disease: Maps, Mapping, and Medicine

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Cartographies of Disease: Maps, Mapping, and Medicine is a comprehensive survey of the technology of mapping and its relationship to the battle against disease. This look at medical mapping advances the argument that maps are not merely representations of spatial realities but a way of thinking about relationships between viral and bacterial communities, human hosts, and the environments in which diseases flourish. Cartographies of Disease traces the history of medical mapping from its growth in the 19th century during an era of trade and immigration to its renaissance in the 1990s during a new era of globalization. Referencing maps older than John Snow's famous cholera maps of London in the mid-19th century, this survey pulls from the plague maps of the 1600s, while addressing current issues concerning the ability of GIS technology to track diseases worldwide.

Dr. Tom Koch is a clinical ethicist and gerontologist based in Canada. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia, where he developed a series of teaching labs for medical geography. In 2005, he and coauthor, Kenneth Denike, were honored with an award for their paper on teaching medical geography through an analysis of John Snow's 1855 map of cholera in the Broad Street area of London.

ISBN: 9781589481206    2005   412 pages   $44.95

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