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Intra-Urban Variability in Rhythms of Pathological Events
Paul J. Tranter
Geografiska Annaler. Series B, Human Geography
Vol. 67, No. 1 (1985), pp. 7-14
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/490793
Page Count: 8
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Research has clearly identified spatial variability in the incidence rates of pathological events, as well as twentyfour hour rhythms in their occurrence. It is proposed here that intra-urban variability exists in the characteristics of twenty-four hour rhythms in pathological events (pathology rhythms). A conceptual background for this intra-urban variability is developed from a number of existing concepts in time-geography. Reasons for the expected variability in the phase, amplitude and complexity of pathology rhythms are outlined. Some empirical work in Newcastle (N.S.W.) is then discussed. The data illustrate domestic accident pathology rhythms for four groups of areas. The results indicate that intra-urban variability does exist in the characteristics of pathology rhythms. This variability is explained by the likely differences in the phase of activity rhythms, and differences in the flexibility of activity routines found in different intra-urban areas.
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