med_geogF09b - How might you define health ? What are...

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Unformatted text preview: How might you define health ? What are attributes of a healthy person? Is someone in a wheelchair healthy? Is someone with diabetes healthy? Is someone who is HIV-positive healthy? World Health Organization (WHO): Health is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. Dubos: States of health or disease are the expressions of the success or failure experienced by the organism in its efforts to respond adaptively to environmental challenges. Audy: Health is a continuing property that can be measured by the individuals ability to rally from a wide range and considerable amplitude of insults, the insults being chemical, physical, infectious, psychological, and social. Medical geographers study why diseases are where they are and the spatial patterns of health-related topics. Spatial patterns of diseases Disease diffusion Access to healthcare Health and disease in developed & developing countries Where is malaria a problem? How was malaria eliminated from the US? In what year did West Nile virus diffuse most significantly? In what country do people have good access to physicians, on average? In what country is access poor?In what country is access poor?...
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This note was uploaded on 08/30/2011 for the course ART 3514 taught by Professor Dhbannan during the Summer '03 term at Virginia Tech.

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