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Lecture 11

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University of Toronto Scarborough

environment: how people influence and are influenced by their environment, both physical and human (e.g. cultural, political, social, economic) space: container, has an objective, spiritual value how things vary over space, and how spatial variations in one thing influence spatial variations in other things place: how the combination of factors found at a place make that place unique - people have subjective attachment to places (personal perception) questions What do we mean when we talk about Medical Geography or Geographies of Health? What aspects of our lives outside of our genetic composition influence our health? What role does where we live play on our health? - follows different diets - housing and sanitation - physical environment, temperature, soil conditions, cultural aspects, beliefs landscape: metaphor for the layers of history, social structure, and built environment that converge in particular places (plurality of meanings, metaphorical construct) therapeutic landscapes: places that have achieved lasting reputations for physical, mental, and spiritual healing - socialcultural reputations built on physical environment (e.g. spa towns) - ethnographic vs. experiential studies health: a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of dise
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