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This is the first international and inter-disciplinary social science Handbook on health and medicine. Five years in the making, and building on the insights and advice of an international editorial board, the book brings together world-class figures to provide an indispensable, comprehensive resource book on social science, health and medicine. Pinpointing the focal issues of research and debate in one volume, the material is organized into three sections: social and cultural frameworks of analysis; the experience of health and illness; and health care systems and practices. Each section consists of specially commissioned chapters designed to examine the vital conceptual and methodological practice and policy issues.

A Taxonomy of Research Concerned with Place and Health
A taxonomy of research concerned with place and health

Interest in how and why illness varies in geographic space is hardly new. Epidemiologists, geographers, sociologists, and others have written sporadically on the topic for a least a century and a half. However, contributors have rarely shown an awareness of the history and breadth of the work concerned with place and health. The result is that the field thrives for a period, stagnates, and begins again by duplicating much of what has gone before.

A new generation of social scientists is interested in the spatial distribution of illness. They, like their predecessors, may fail to discover earlier or related work and waste time and effort covering old ground. We ...

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