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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 1065-1066
Geolocation analysis of ancient local public health center: Case studies from Thailand

Suvannhabhumi Clinical Training, Research and Development Center, Institute of Natural Medicine Science Development and Establishment Project, Surindra Rajabhat University, Bangkok, Surin Province, Thailand

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Wiwanitkit V. Geolocation analysis of ancient local public health center: Case studies from Thailand. Ann Trop Med Public Health 2017;10:1065-6

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Wiwanitkit V. Geolocation analysis of ancient local public health center: Case studies from Thailand. Ann Trop Med Public Health [serial online] 2017 [cited 2020 Feb 19];10:1065-6. Available from:

Dear Sir,

The local public health center is the basic health unit to support primary health care for the local people. The setting of the local public health center has been performed for more than 1000 years. In Indochina, in the ancient Khmer or Ankor civilization, the local public health center known as Arogayasala was the main primary health care unit. Of interest, the concept is still existed in the local community of Indochina.[1] Several Ayogayasalas were set and the remained ones become the important archeological sites at present. The concept of architecture of ancient primary health care building can be useful knowledge in medical architecture, medical humanity, and public health. Here, the author used the geolocation analysis technique for analyzing the location of the existed four Arogayasala ancient sites in Surin Province, Thailand. The example of this technique can be seen at the archeostrnomy report ( All studied sites have the linear form of structural axis placement and the alignment of the front of the sites are between 5.3 eastward and 8.9 degree westward (average 3.7 degree westward) deviated from north-south axis. It can be seen that the construction of the building of ancient Arogayasala health center focused on the direction and alignment of the structures. Straight alignment can be seen. Exposure to the sunlight in all periods of day is the main rules. This can support the present medical architecture concept that the straight alignment with the least intersection point is the best design to promote good work flow in medical center.[2] Also, the exposure to sunlight is another interesting wisdom for infection control.

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Viroj Wiwanitkit
Surindra Rajabhat University, Bangkok, Surin Province
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DOI: 10.4103/1755-6783.196634

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