The History of Mapping Disease

The updated edition of Cartographies of Disease: Maps, Mapping, and Medicine takes a look at how cartography and GIS have been used to map and combat devastating diseases such as cholera, yellow fever, and Ebola.  The new edition includes new content that expands on how mapping has been used from the seventeenth into the twenty-first centuries to understand disease.

The author, Dr. Tom Koch, a medical ethicist and gerontologist based in Canada, explains, “Cartographies of Disease is a book about our confrontations with bacterial and viral agents across history.  It is also about how maps help us profile those conditions in our attempts to restrict them. Ebola in 2014 reminded us that it’s urgent to understand the conditions that promote disease and the ways we confront them on the ground.”

The book is supplemented by more than 100 maps and charts including a pair of 1694 maps of plague locations and containment zones in Bari, Italy and GIS produced maps of the 2014 Ebola outbreak.

Cartographies of Disease: Maps, Mapping, and Medicine, new expanded edition, is now available in print (ISBN: 9781589484672, 412 pages, US$79.99) or as an e-book (ISBN: 9781589484764, 412 pages, US$59.99).


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