The leading text in the field, this comprehensive book reviews geographic approaches to studying disease and public health issues across the globe. It presents cutting-edge techniques of spatial and social analysis and explores their relevance for understanding cultural and political ecology, disease systems, and health promotion. Essential topics include how new diseases emerge and epidemics develop in particular places; the intersecting influences on health of biological processes, culture, environment, and behavior; and the changing landscape of health care planning and service delivery. The text is richly illustrated with tables, figures, and maps, including 16 color plates.
Melinda S. Meade, until her death in 2013, was Professor Emeritus of Geography at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she had been a faculty member since 1978. She was also Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology, a member of the Institute of Environment, and a fellow of the Carolina Population Center. In addition to the first through third editions of Medical Geography, Dr. Meade published journal articles on the disease ecology of tropical Asia and the United States. She was a member of the Association of American Geographers and other geographic, Asian studies, and population associations. An award in her name is given annually by the Health and Medical Geography Speciality Group of the Association of American Geographers. Michael Emch, a medical geographer, is Associate Professor of Geography at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he directs the Spatial Health Research Group. He is also Adjunct Associate Professor of Epidemiology and a fellow of the Carolina Population Center. Dr. Emch has published journal articles on disease ecology, primarily of infectious diseases of the tropical world. He is a member of the Association of American Geographers and is also an advisory editor for the international journal Social Science and Medicine.