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By Tim Brown, Sara McLafferty, Graham Moon

This Companion offers a finished account of healthiness and clinical geography and ways the foremost topics and key themes from quite a few angles.<ul type="disc">• bargains a special breadth of themes on the subject of either wellbeing and fitness and clinical geography• comprises contributions from quite a number students from emerging stars to demonstrated, the world over popular authors• presents an up to date overview of the country of the sub-discipline• Thematically prepared sections supply particular debts of particular concerns and mix common overviews of the present literature with case learn material• Chapters hide themes on the leading edge of the sub-discipline, together with rising and re-emerging ailments, the politics of disorder, psychological and emotional wellbeing and fitness, landscapes of depression, and the geography of care

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Given the centrality of the terms health and place in both Kearns (1993) and the new journal, we now devote some attention to each of these constructs before exploring their connection through a further term that is fast gaining currency within health geography: wellbeing. g. Cresswell 2004). The Dictionary of Human Geography (Johnston HEALTH GEOGRAPHY 17 et al. 2000) entry for medical geography stresses the biomedical model of health and a focus on quantitative methods, whereas place is a lead theme for the health and health care entry, along with a socio-ecological model of health, and methodological pluralism.

2005), sites of spiritual experience (Gesler 1993, 1996) and holistic therapies and lifestyles (Williams 1998; Wiles & Rosenberg 2001) have entered the panoply of research themes within the sub-discipline. g. Parr 2008; Moon et al. 2006). Others, less likely to identify as health geographers, have nonetheless extended the remit of health geography through investigating common, yet often neglected and trivialized, psychological problems. Phobias, addictions, and compulsive disorders impact significantly upon people and their wellbeing, and involve, at times, distinct spatial practices (Davidson 2005; Doel & Segrott 2003; Wilton & DeVerteuil 2006).

Thus, they were asked not only to describe the current content of their particular sub-fields but, where appropriate, to question the boundaries and limitations of them, to think about where research has gone in the past and where it might go in the future, and to use our guidance on the chapters as an indication of what might be covered but not as a strait-jacket. In this sense, we have encouraged the authors to talk for themselves. A “Companion to Health and Medical Geography” Though slightly altered and adapted, the main chapters in this volume continue to be organized thematically and begin with “Debates in Health and Medical Geography,” which incorporates three chapters that seek to chart developments that have taken place within the sub-discipline and includes chapters on “Health Geography” (by Robin Kearns and Damian Collins), on “Medical Geography” (by Jonathan Mayer), and a chapter entitled “Doubting Dualisms” (by Mike Dorn, Carla Keirns, and Vincent Del Casino).

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