Activism for medical geographers: American, British and Canadian viewpoints

Michael R. Greenberg*, Mark W. Rosenberg, David R. Phillips, Dona Schneider

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This paper describes some of our personal efforts to launch research projects that address public health issues of interest to geographers in the United States, Canada and Britain. In pressing these agendas we have found through our experiences that there are personal and disciplinary costs associated with activism. We describe the loss of identity with geography; the frustration of trying to persuade bench scientists, corporate representatives, and government officials of the importance of our work; the loss of research time and contact with both our academic colleagues and students.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)173-177
Number of pages5
JournalSocial Science and Medicine
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1990
Externally publishedYes


  • activism
  • health care
  • health education
  • health-risk assessment
  • medical geography


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