PerspectiveMedicine

Spatial Turn in Health Research

Science  22 Mar 2013:
Vol. 339, Issue 6126, pp. 1390-1392
DOI: 10.1126/science.1232257

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Summary

Spatial analysis using maps to associate geographic information with disease can be traced as far back as the 17th century. Today, recent developments and the widespread diffusion of geospatial data acquisition technologies are enabling creation of highly accurate spatial (and temporal) data relevant to health research. This has the potential to increase our understanding of the prevalence, etiology, transmission, and treatment of many diseases.