The traditional “medical geography” has been replaced in discussions in the field of geography by “health geography.” Neither describe the field adequately. To me, the importance of medical geography is one of perspective and of methodology: a view of health and disease from the perspective of spatial patterns, and of human-environment relationships. “Medical” refers more to diagnosis and treatment. “Health geography” connotes, to me, a de-emphasis of disease, while most research in epidemiology and related areas deals with disease. “Disease geography” de-emphasizes health. So “epidemiologic geography”? “Geography of health and disease”? Please leave suggestions or comments.
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