Geographical Aspects of Health and Disease in India
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About the Book :
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.
About Author :
Rais Akhtar is presently Adjunct Professor, International Institute of Health Management and research, New Delhi. Formerly National Fellow(ICSSR) and Emeritus Scientist (CSIR), CSRD, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, and Visiting Professor Dept. of Geology, AMU, Aligarh. He has taught at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, University of Zambia, Lusaka and The University of Kashmir, Srinagar. He is recipient of a number of international fellowships including Leverhulme Fellowship (University of Liverpool), Henry Chapman Fellowship (University of London), Visiting Fellowship, (University of Sussex), Royal Society Fellowship, University of Oxford and ,Visiting Professorship, University of Paris- 10. He was Lead Author (1999-2007), on the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change, which is the joint winner of Nobel Peace Prize for 2007. Prof. Akhtar has to his credit 91 research papers and 18 books published from India, United Kingdom, United States, Germany and The NetherlandsProf. Rais Akhtar is Member of Expert Group on Climate Change and Human Health of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India.
Andrew Learmonth, In India, Andrew developed his research interest in the field of malaria. His focus on the environmental and cultural factors involved in its return demonstrated the importance in linking our interaction with our environment to the spread of disease. In 1962, he was appointed the first chair of geography at the Australian National University in Canberra. During his time there, in partnership with his wife Nancy, he produced Regional Landscapes of Australia, Encyclopaedia of Australia, and a revision of OHK Spate’s India and Pakistan.