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Global Medical Geography: Essays in Honour of Prof. Yola Verhasselt

Rais Akhtar (Editor) Nilofar Izhar (Editor)
Synopsis Medical geography is an area of geographical research that incorporates geographic techniques into the study of health around the world and studies the impact of climate and location on an individual’s health as well as the distribution of health services. It is an important branch of human geography because it aims to provide an understanding of health problems and improve the health of people worldwise based on the various geographic factors influencing them.

This essential reader in medical geography has a wide ranging and international appeal. This anthology compiled in hounur of Prof. Yola Verhasselt also reviews the progress and current state of the subject.

The volume has been divided into six sections:

Section I deals with conceptual and methodological aspects of medical geography.
Section II of the book deals with case studies on disease ecology.
Section III of the book pertains to studies in health care geography.
Section IV is devoted to case studies on development and health.
Section V concerns with studies on women’s health.
Section VI examines the progress made in the field of medical geography in Germany, Italy and India.

The book will be helpful to geographers, environmentalists and health care professionals.
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About the authors

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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Nilofar Izhar

Nilofar Izhar obtained her post graduation and Ph.D. from the prestigious Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh. Thereafter she was awarded several fellowships including CSIR Pool Scientist (under Indian Scinentists Abroad category), UGC Research Associateship and ICSSR Senior Fellowship. She has contributed more than 30 research papers in national and international journals. She is also the founder of Region, Health and Health Care, the first journal in the field of medical geography in India, and the Academy for the Study of Environment and Social Wellbeing, Aligarh. She has written several monographs on Geography of Traditional Medial Systems, as well as on Women’s Health. Currently she is working on gender issues with focus on women’s health. She has been nominated as Member on the Editorial Board for the Indian Journal of Preventive and Social Medicine.

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Bibliographic information

Title Global Medical Geography: Essays in Honour of Prof. Yola Verhasselt
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2010
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Rawat Publications
Language: English
isbn 8131601986, 9788131601983
length xiv+498p., Plates; Maps; Tables; Figures; Index; 25cm.