A Companion to Health and Medical Geography by Tim Brown, Sara McLafferty, Graham Moon

By Tim Brown, Sara McLafferty, Graham Moon

This Companion presents a complete account of health and wellbeing and scientific geography and techniques the foremost topics and key themes from numerous angles.<ul type="disc">• bargains a special breadth of themes in terms of either wellbeing and fitness and clinical geography• comprises contributions from a number of students from emerging stars to tested, across the world well known authors• offers an up to date evaluate of the kingdom of the sub-discipline• Thematically equipped sections provide unique money owed of particular matters and mix basic overviews of the present literature with case examine material• Chapters disguise issues on the innovative of the sub-discipline, together with rising and re-emerging ailments, the politics of disorder, psychological and emotional health and wellbeing, landscapes of melancholy, and the geography of care

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It is upon developing an understanding of the scope and scale of these complementary and alternative practices, and how we might begin to engage, theoretically and empirically, with them, that Andrews et al. focus. Of particular importance is research conducted under the general banner of the therapeutic landscapes concept, which emphasizes forms of healing that lie well beyond the scope of the biomedical model. However, as Andrews and colleagues demonstrate, there is also a recognition in recent research, that the growth of these particular forms of (self)care are also associated with wider geographies of production and consumption.

Generally speaking, however, health is measured and assessed via opposites and absences. Work by health geographers has maintained that a more positive and holistic view of health is warranted; one consonant with the socio-ecological model, and with a positive orientation that can support policy formulated around ideas such as empowerment, community action, and capacity building. The challenge is to transcend conceptualizations of health as a “state of absences,” and instead theorize and articulate it in terms of the potential for individuals and groups to experience a positive place-in-the-world, and contribute to the common good.

This site-specific focus is significant; although “landscape” can imply a broader focus than “place,” in practice most self-identified studies of landscape by health geographers center on particular, spatially confined case studies. This has been the case since Gesler’s pioneering work on three sites with established reputations for healing – Epidauros (1993), Lourdes (1996), and Bath (1998) – although regional (Einwalter 2007), national (Kearns & Collins 2000), and even global (Hoyez 2007) landscapes have also been considered.

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