Health is formed, nurtured, lived and denied in a surrounding environment. Worldwide, people seek out places that provide the right conditions for good health. The meanings attributed to health or illness however are socially constructed, and so provide an interesting arena for study. The essays in this collection focus on the dynamic relationship between health and place. Historical and anthropological perspectives are presented - each discipline having a long tradition of engaging with these concepts. The resulting dialogue should produce a new layer of methodology, enhancing both fields.
Introduction: Healthscapes: Health and Place among and between Disciplines - Erika Dyck and Christopher Fletcher 1 Placing Maternal Health in India - Helen Vallianatos 2 Putting Medicine in its Place: The Importance of Historical Geography to the History of Health Care - Jonathan Reinarz 3 Finding Place in The Big-Little World of Doc Pritham: Telling Medical Tales about Northwoods Maine, 1920s-70s - Sasha Mullally 4 Putting Hyperactivity in its Place: Cold War Politics, the Brain Race and the Origins of Hyperactivity in the United States, 1957-68 - Matthew Smith 5 Why Canada has a Universal Medical Insurance Programme and the United States Does Not: Accounting for Historical Differences in American and Canadian Social Policies - Alvin Finkel 6 Alberta Advantage: A Canadian Proving Ground for American Medical Research on Mustard Gas and Polio in the 1940s and 50s - Susan L Smith and Stephen Mawdsley 7 Placing Illness in its Cultural Territory in Veracruz, Nicaragua - Hugo De Burgos 8 Chronic Disease in the Yukon River Basin, 1890-1960 - Liza Piper 9 An Ideal Home for the Consumptive: Place, Race and Tuberculosis in the Canadian West - Maureen Lux 10 Serbian Landscapes of Dreamtime and Healing: Clear Streams, Stones of Prophesy, St Sava's Ribs, and the Wooden City of Oz - Marko Zivkovic