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Cadernos de Saúde Pública

Print version ISSN 0102-311XOn-line version ISSN 1678-4464

Abstract

INIGUEZ ROJAS, Luisa. Geography and health: themes and perspectives in Latin America. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 1998, vol.14, n.4, pp.701-711. ISSN 0102-311X.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-311X1998000400012.

Relations between geography and health have been recognized since ancient times. Investigation of such relations has been characterized by isolated and scant efforts. This article aims to explore potential links between geography's theoretical and methodological frame of reference and knowledge and interpretation of the population's health. It approaches the antecedents of medical or health-related geography and the use of the theoretical and methodological framework of geographic space, as well as identifying alternatives for its implementation. Finally, it raises several points relating to current development in the relations between geography and health in Latin America, as well as alternatives for such development.

Keywords : Medical Geography; Geographical Space; Spatial Analysis; Health.

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