The first book of its kind when originally published in 1972, this book discusses techniques, types of maps and atlases, case histories illustrations of both disease incidence and distribution of medical services, and some examples of theoretical models linked with practical work. It shows the importance of medical geography as a research tool in preparing and collecting data concerning the incidence of disease. In the light of the recent Ebola outbreak, this book is of continued relevance, with some of the chapters focussing on Malawi, Zambia, Ghana and other African countries.
Part 1: Introductory 1. Medical Geography: An Introduction N. D. McGlashan 2. Medicine and Medical Geography A. T. A. Learmonth 3. Mortality or Morbidity Mapping: Some Examples from Yugoslav Macedonia N. H. Copperthwaite 4. Use of a Demographic Base Map for the Presentation of Areal Data in Epidemiology F. Forster 5. Computers and Mapping in Medical Geography R. W. Armstrong Part 2: Public Health Administration 6. The Distribution of Population and Medical Facilities in Malawi N. D. McGlashan 7. Flying Doctor Services in Zambia Mary E. Jackman 8. Problems of Public Health Among Pastoralists: A Case Study from Africa R. M. Prothero 9. Medical Geography and Health Planning in the United States: Prospects and Concepts R. W. Armstrong Part 3: Spatial Definition 10. Atlases in Medical Geography 1950-70: A Review A. T. A. Learmonth 11. Blindness in Luapula Province, Zambia N. D. McGlashan 12. The Decline of Malaria in Trinidad L. S. Fonaroff 13. Probability Maps of Leukaemia Mortalities in England and Wales R. R. White 14. European Male Stomach Cancer in South Africa: A Cartographic Appraisal N. D. McGlashan Part 4: Associative Occurrence 15. Geographical Evidence on Medical Hypotheses N. D. McGlashan 16. Simple Chronic Bronchitis and Urban Ecological Structure J. L. Girt 17. Leukaemia and Housing: An Intra-Urban Analysis G. E. A. Dever 18. Food Contaminants and Oesophageal Cancer N. D. McGlashan Part 5: Disease Diffusion 19. River Blindness in Nangodi, Northern Ghana: A Hypothesis of Cyclical Advance and Retreat J. M. Hunter 20. Modelling the Geographic Epidemiology of Infectious Hepatitis A. A. Brownlea 21. Lee Wave Hypothesis for the Initial Pattern of Spread During the 1967-8 Foot and Mouth Epizootic R. R. Tinline 22. Contagious Processes in a Planar Graph: An Epidemiological Application P. Haggett