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Mapping It Out: Using Atlases To Detect Patterns in Health Care, Disease, and Mortality

Linda Gundersen
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Ann Intern Med. 2000;133(2):161-162. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-133-2-200007180-00102
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“In health care, geography is destiny.” So says the Dartmouth Atlas of Health Care in the United States, which describes health care utilization according to geographic patterns. Although this atlas provides data on health care delivery, other atlases present geographic patterns of data germane to the interests of internists, researchers, and epidemiologists, including incidence and prevalence of specific diseases by age and sex and death from various causes.


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