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Medical geography
(761 words)

1. Definition

Medical geography has a double meaning. First, it means inclusion of medical aspects in the description of localities, regions, or continents (medical topography is medical geography in the narrower sense). Second, it means studying the geographical distribution, statistics, and spread of certain diseases (geographical medicine, geographical epidemiology and pathology).

2. Tasks and goals

The leading epistemological interests of medic…

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Bleker, Johanna, “Medical geography”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 18 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_023891>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190801



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