By Tim Brown, Sara McLafferty, Graham Moon
This Companion offers a accomplished account of overall healthiness and scientific geography and methods the key subject matters and key subject matters from a number of angles.<ul type="disc">• bargains a distinct breadth of subject matters on the subject of either healthiness and scientific geography• comprises contributions from various students from emerging stars to proven, the world over popular authors• offers an updated overview of the country of the sub-discipline• Thematically equipped sections provide designated bills of particular concerns and mix basic overviews of the present literature with case learn material• Chapters conceal issues on the leading edge of the sub-discipline, together with rising and re-emerging ailments, the politics of sickness, psychological and emotional overall healthiness, landscapes of depression, and the geography of care
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First, with its nod to postmodernism, the somewhat tongue-in-cheek call by Kearns (1993) for a “post-medical” geography of health attempted to prompt the sub-disciplinary focus towards a cultural/humanistic direction through directing attention to health and wellness. ) a case of insufficient for some, but not enough for others. Dorn and Laws (1994), drawing on disability studies and poststructuralist thought, lamented Kearns’ lack of engagement with the literature on the body, while Mayer and Meade (1994) and, later Paul (1994), voiced concern for the enduring relevance of medical geography’s disease ecology tradition.
Other measures, such as rates of high blood pressure, or years of life affected by serious illness or disability, at best speak indirectly to how well individuals or populations feel about themselves and their environments. 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.
As they argue, the importance of the turn to “health” was its recognition that medical geography, as then conceived, tended to employ geometric constructions of space that limited our understanding both of the ways in which ill-health and disease (and for that matter good health) were experienced and lived and what role “place” played in this regard (see also M. Brown 1995). Their chapter offers much more than this, however; as they also trace the emergence 4 TIM BROWN, SARA McLAFFERTY, AND GRAHAM MOON of key and emerging themes within this sub-field: “wellbeing,” “criticality,” “risk,” and “care” being chief amongst these.
A Companion to Health and Medical Geography by Tim Brown, Sara McLafferty, Graham Moon