Academic journal article Canadian Journal of Public Health

Public Health: Past, Present and Future. Celebrating Academic Public Health in Edinburgh, 1902-2002

Academic journal article Canadian Journal of Public Health

Public Health: Past, Present and Future. Celebrating Academic Public Health in Edinburgh, 1902-2002

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Public Health: Past, Present and Future. Celebrating Academic Public Health in Edinburgh, 1902-2002

Raj Bhopal and John Last (Eds.), Norwich, UK: The Stationery Office (Nuffield Trust), 2004

The celebration of 100 years of academic public health at the University of Edinburgh brought together approximately 330 participants with 17 contributors. The output from this meeting is the content of this book. There are three sections, as noted in the title.

The discussion of the development of Edinburgh and the effects of these developments on the health of the inhabitants speaks to the interactions of crowding, poor sanitation, poverty and poor health care on morbidity and mortality. The section on the past also outlines the roles that medical officers of health played in bringing about the changes necessary to improve the lot of the citizenry. I enjoyed the historic reviews that comprised the first five chapters. There was considerable overlap and repetition of the material, but it clearly demonstrated the interactions that occur in public health.

The next six chapters were less informative as the authors discussed issues that are currently being debated in public health circles. At times, these issues would have been better informed by the review of the past and the observations made on the past interactions of health and the environmental social and economic conditions that are relevant today. …

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