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Place, Space, and Health: GIS and Epidemiology

Krieger, Nancy (2003) Place, Space, and Health: GIS and Epidemiology. Epidemiology, 14 (4). pp. 384-385.

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Place. Area. Neighborhood. Latitude. Longitude. Distance. These geographic terms are increasingly finding their way into the epidemiologic literature, as advances in geographic information system (GIS) technology make it ever easier to connect spatially referenced physical and social phenomena to population patterns of health, disease, and well-being.1-3 Indeed, links between location and health have long captured the imagination of perceptive observers. Consider the Hippocratic treatise, “Airs, Waters, and Places,” written about 2,400 years ago, which roundly (and rather deterministically) declared: “You will find, as a general rule, that the constitutions and habits of a people follows the nature of the land where they live.”4, p. 168 Early 19th century research decisive to epidemiology’s development as a discipline5 likewise looked to geography to discern etiologic clues.

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Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is available at the publisher’s Web site. Access to the full text is subject to the publisher’s access restrictions.
Uncontrolled Keywords: place, space, health, GIS, geographic information system, epidemiology
Subjects: Health > Disparities
Health > Public Health
Health > Public Health > Chronic Illness & Diseases
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Depositing User: Kismet Loftin-Bell
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2006
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2011 12:24
Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.lib.umd.edu/id/eprint/417

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