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Perspectives in Medical Geography Theory and Applications for Librarians by Amy J. (Quest Diagnostics, USA) Blatt

Perspectives in Medical Geography Theory and Applications for Librarians



Perspectives in Medical Geography Theory and Applications for Librarians by Amy J. (Quest Diagnostics, USA) Blatt

Medical geography is a fascinating area of rapidly evolving study that aims to analyse and improve worldwide health issues based on the geographical factors which have an impact on them. Perspectives in Medical Geography will appeal to both novice and seasoned researchers looking to be informed on the latest theories and applications in the field. Chapters represent a wide range of industries, ranging from private/public universities to private companies to non-profit foundations. Contributors describe ways in which map and geography librarians can engage in public health research - creating data standards, archiving map collections and providing mapping/GIS services. In addition to compiling current theories and practices related to medical geography, this volume also features commentaries from two pre-eminent geography librarians, sharing their perspectives on this emerging field and how map and geographic information librarians can engage in health-related research through their profession. This book was originally published as two special issues of the Journal of Map & Geography Libraries.


'The book is a useful and well researched volume; it has already been peer reviewed as two special issues of the Journal of Map & Geography Libraries, but having it in book format with generous colour plates is a very handy option.' - Dr. Maged Boulos, Founder and Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Health Geographics

'Perspectives in Medical Geography is a worthy addition to conversations about how libraries can best support GIS and spatial data approaches to health care and medical research. It concludes with an excellent list of suggested resources.' - Greg Matthews, Cataloging Librarian, Reviews of Atlases, Books, and Digital Resources

The book is well illustrated with maps and graphics, all the chapters have references and some have notes. It is indexed, and there is a good Suggested Resources section as well. Even in this era of tight budgets, this book would be a good addition to a collection for libraries wanting or needing something in this area, as there a very few books that cover this topic. - Mina Davenport, University of California - San Francisco, J Med Lib Assoc 102(4) October 2014.'

About the Author

Amy J. Blatt earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences from Stanford University, USA; Master of Science degree in Biology from the University of Houston, USA; and Ph.D. degree in Geography from the University of Cincinnati, USA. She is certified by the GIS Certification Institute as a Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP).

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Publication date

11th September 2017


Amy J. (Quest Diagnostics, USA) Blatt

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Routledge an imprint of Taylor & Francis Ltd


260 pages


Library & information sciences



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