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Geographical Aspects of Health and Diseases in India

Rais Akhtar (Editor) Andrew Learmonth (Editor)

Medical geography or geography of health utilizes the concepts and techniques of geography to investigate health-related issues. It employs spatial analysis, the study of the distribution of discrete variables or indicators. Geoecology of Ebola and Zika are contemporary examples that show the regional variation in disease distribution. The analysis of the 'areal or spatial patterns of disease and health care provisions' may often based on mapping of various indicators of disease and health care provisions. Such maps using GIS techniques are utilized as analytical tool to understand the environmental framework of the occurrence of disease, and spatial distribution of health care provision of and access to health services ,identifying inequalities it their distribution and suggesting ideal locations for future health care provisions.

The aims of the book is to throw light on the present status of research in medical geography in India and understanding the geomedical processes of different geographical regions. It also aimed at stimulating as much as possible researches, to explore new dimensions and wider horizon in this field of medical geography covering various diversified regions in India.

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About the author

Rais Akhtar

Rais Akhtar is Professor, Deptt. of Geography and regional development, University of Kashmir, Srinagar, J&K. he was a Full Member of the International Geographical Union Commission on Health, Environment and Development (1988-2000), and Chair of the National Association of Geographers, India, Commission on Medical Geography (1992-96). He has been awarded a number of international fellowships, including Leverhulme, Henry Chapman, Commonwealth Secretariat, Belgium and French government fellowships and Visiting Fellowship, IDS, Brighton. He visited University of Paris-10, France, and the University of Akron, USA as visiting Professor. He has delivered lectures in a number of universities both in geography departments and medicinal institutes in Hong Kong, Japan, USA, U.K, France, Belgium and Italy. He has to his credit a number of research papers published in national and international journals. He is the author/editor of ten books – two of them were published in London and New York. During 1988-90, he was a Member of the Working Group on Health and Family Welfare of the Planning Commission, New Delhi. He was also nominated as Lead Author on the UN Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (1999-2001). Prof. Akhtar was on the board of Advisory Editors of the international journal Social Science & Medicine during 1996-2002. He has recently been awarded a fellowship under Indo-French Social Scientist Exchange Programme-2004 for a research visit to universities in Paris.

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Title Geographical Aspects of Health and Diseases in India
Format Hardcover
Date published: 11.09.2018
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 9789386682222
length xx+651p.