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Topography, Medical

"Topography, Medical" is a descriptor in the National Library of Medicine's controlled vocabulary thesaurus, MeSH (Medical Subject Headings). Descriptors are arranged in a hierarchical structure, which enables searching at various levels of specificity.

The systematic surveying, mapping, charting, and description of specific geographical sites, with reference to the physical features that were presumed to influence health and disease. Often associated with Hippocrates, the process became a significant part of public health investigation and epidemiological methodology, particularly between the 17th and 19th centuries. Medical topography should be differentiated from EPIDEMIOLOGY in that the former emphasizes geography whereas the latter emphasizes disease outbreaks. (Dr. James H. Cassedy, NLM History of Medicine Division)


This graph shows the total number of publications written about "Topography, Medical" by people in Harvard Catalyst Profiles by year, and whether "Topography, Medical" was a major or minor topic of these publication.
Bar chart showing 27 publications over 15 distinct years, with a maximum of 4 publications in 2006 and 2009 and 2013
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