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An Introductory Guide to Disease Mapping

An Introductory Guide to Disease Mapping

Andrew B. Lawson , Fiona L. R. Williams

ISBN: 978-0-470-85398-6

Nov 2000

142 pages



This superb introductory guide explains the basic principles underlying the construction and analysis of disease maps. Growing public awareness of environmental hazards has increased the demand for investigations into the geographical distribution of disease and as data resulting from studies is not always straightforward to interpret, there has been a need for an accessible, clearly written introduction to the subject. This book supplies the reader with an array of tools and skills so that maps may be produced and correctly interpreted, and also describes the role of disease mapping within epidemiology, highlighting its important role in studies of environmental health and environmental epidemiology. It provides:
* An introduction to new developments in disease mapping
* Comprehensive coverage of an active area of research and development
* Numerous case studies to highlight the application of the techniques discussed
This text will be invaluable to anyone with an interest in disease mapping, and is an essential volume for both the specialist and the non-specialist. It is of particular relevance to epidemiologists, medical statisticians, geographers, and public health advisors, as well as environmental health workers, occupational health physicians, and infectious disease specialists.
Visual Perception and Map Construction.
Data Types and Sources.
Basic Methods.

Study Design.
Advanced Methods.

Public Health Surveillance and Mapping.

Appendix: Software for Disease Mapping.
"offers the reader a new insight to the area of disease mapping" (Statistical Methods in Medical Research, Vol.10, No.6, 2001)

"...Overall this book is very readable..." (Biometrics, September 2002)

"...this book successfully gives comprehensive coverage of an active area of research and excellent introductory text..." (Statistical Methods in Medical Research, Vol.12, No.1, 2003)