Views from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

LSHTM on the bookshelf – October 2011

Excellence in education is a cornerstone of the School’s mission to improve health worldwide; seven newly published books, written by LSHTM researchers, highlight once more its commitment to increase understanding of the world of public health.

The first book reports how low and middle-income countries can achieve remarkable results in public health without big financial investment. It stresses the importance of many other factors such as strong political will and leadership and continuity in the programmes through governmental changes.

Designed with teaching in mind, the other publications that reached the bookshelves last month, offer an interesting read for anyone involved in or engaged by the issues and the topics discussed as well as students.

Four volumes are part of the series “Understanding Public Health”, published by the Open University Press, which also features other books by School staff.

  • Public Health in History, by Virginia Berridge, Martin Gorsky and Alex Mold. A brand new book that takes the reader through an exploration of the history of public health and the development of health services over the past two centuries.
  • Introduction to Health Economics (2nd revised edition), by Lorna Guinness and Virginia Wiseman. A practical text that offers an introduction to the economic techniques used in public health.
  • Introduction to Epidemiology (2nd revised edition), by Ilona Carneiro and Natasha Howard. An introduction to the principles, methods and application of epidemiology for improving health and survival.
  • Issues in Public Health (2nd revised edition), authored by Martin McKee and Fiona Sim. An insight into the foundations of public health, its historical evolution and the themes that underpin it.

The sixth book is a new and revised third version of a very well used textbook. Co-authored by Anne Mills, the book is described as “The most prestigious, comprehensive text on Global Health for graduate programs in public and global health.”

Last but not least, a book that has been described as ”an ambitious integration of the health sciences and the Capabilities Approach”. Is there an ethical grounding for the human right to health? Sridhar Venkatapuram aims to answer this question combining philosophy of health and welfare, political science and economics.


Edited by Giorgio De Faveri

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