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Public Health: A Very Short Introduction

Virginia Berridge

July 2016

ISBN: 9780199688463

160 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

Very Short Introductions

Price: £8.99

This Very Short Introduction outlines the nature of public health in our world today and places public health in its historical context from the earliest times, analysing in particular the changes in public health regulation through the nineteenth century and the twentieth and twenty first centuries.

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This Very Short Introduction outlines the nature of public health in our world today and places public health in its historical context from the earliest times, analysing in particular the changes in public health regulation through the nineteenth century and the twentieth and twenty first centuries.

  • Places public health in its historical context, and analyses how the changing face of public health is essential to understanding its contemporary concerns
  • Discusses the demographic, institutional, scientific, political, and professional influences, which have shaped views about the health of the public
  • Considers the differences in approaches to public health across the globe, from biosecurity and the defence of the nation against terrorist attack in the US, to health promoting, and 'well-being' aspects of health in the UK
  • Part of the Very Short Introductions series - over seven million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Virginia Berridge, Director at the Centre for History in Public Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Virginia Berridge is Professor of History and Director of the Centre for History in Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London. She has edited or co-edited 12 books and is the sole author of 7 books including Marketing Health. Smoking and the Discourse of Public Health in Britain,1945-2000 (OUP, 2007) and Demons (OUP, 2013). She has written overviews of health and medicine for the Cambridge Social History of Britain and of contemporary history for the Oxford Handbook of the History of Medicine. She has been Chair of the Society for the Social History of Medicine and President of the European Association for the History of Medicine and Health.

Table of Contents

    1:What is public health?
    2:Current challenges
    3:The origins of public health into the 1700s
    4:Sanitation to education 1800-1900s
    5:The rise of lifestyle 1900-1980s
    6:Tropical and international public health
    7:Present and future in the light of history
    References
    Further Reading

Reviews

"This is an easy but thought-provoking read for anyone wishing to understand the scope and origins of public or global health policy. It is well referenced with suggestions for further reading." - Peter Noone, Occupational Medicine

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