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Changing attitudes to alcohol, tobacco and drugs

Demons Our Changing Attitudes to Alcohol, Tobacco, and Drugs - Virginia BerridgeFresh off the press is a new book by a London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine expert on changing attitudes to drugs, tobacco and alcohol, and their regulation. ‘Demons: Our Changing Attitudes to Alcohol, Tobacco, and Drugs’ (Oxford University Press) by Professor Virginia Berridge, Director of the School’s Centre for History in Public Health, was launched last week and considers varying attitudes from the 19th century to the present day, looking at how and why various substances have been regulated differently, while considering recent debates in public health in the light of historical changing attitudes. Read more

Reviews and reports: health promotion and child disability

KIM field work in BangladeshThis month Wendy Macdowall, Maggie Davies, and Liza Cragg publish the second edition of their book, Health Promotion Theory. Described as “a readable and engaging overview of health promotion theory and practice from a public health perspective”, the book explores the origins and development of health promotion. Aimed at both students and practitioners, it highlights the philosophical, ethical and political debates that influence health promotion today while also explaining the theories, frameworks and methodologies that help us understand public health problems and develop effective health promotion responses. Read more

The drugs don’t work: the global threat of antimicrobial resistance

The Drugs Don't Work book jacketWe are facing an 'apocalyptic' threat from antibiotic-resistant superbugs, according to a new book by England’s Chief Medical Officer. In The Drugs Don’t Work, published today, Professor Dame Sally Davies highlights how the misuse of antibiotics by patients and doctors has led to the emergence and spread of pathogen strains that cannot be controlled by currently available medicines. And unless we urgently research and develop new treatments, we risk soaring mortality from routine infections within a generation. Read more

Book round-up: disgust, nutrition and conflict

Don't Look Don't Touch coverDisgust, nutrition and conflict feature in this month’s round-up, with the release of two new books written by or with contributions from School researchers, plus an award for another recently published title. In her new book, Don’t Look Don’t Touch: the science behind revulsion, Dr Val Curtis argues that harnessing the disgust response can help to ensure the success of hygiene and healthcare programmes worldwide. She draws on the work of biologists and animal behaviourists to explain the evolutionary value of disgust and how it can be utilised in work to reduce infectious diseases. Read more

Band-Aid for a Broken Leg – an account of life on the medical frontline launched

Band-Aid for a Broken Leg coverBand-Aid for a Broken Leg: Being a Doctor Without Borders and Other Ways to Stay Single is published in the UK in early February. A launch reception is held at the School on Tuesday 29 January at 5.30pm. Written by Damien Brown, a Master’s student at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, the book recounts his experiences working for Médecins Sans Frontières in various African countries as well as in an Aboriginal Australian town. Read more

Principles of Medicine in Africa 4th edition published

Book coverPrinciples of Medicine in Africa (4th Edition) is published this week by Cambridge University Press. Edited by David Mabey and Chris Whitty from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, along with Geoff Gill (University of Liverpool) and Martin Weber (World Health Organization, Jakarta), the book combines classical clinical medicine with a rich understanding of the major environmental and cultural influences on health and disease. Read more

Professor brings London’s medical history to life

An updated and expanded edition of Professor Nick Black’s award-winning book, Walking London’s Medical History, is published by CRC Press this week. This guide to the fascinating history of health care from medieval times to the present day features seven walks in central London, each with a key theme. The new edition also covers the care provided for Londoners beyond the city with a motoring tour of Kent covering asylums, military hospitals, convalescent homes and 18th century sea-bathing institutions. The first edition won awards in 2007 at both the BMA and Society of Authors book awards. It also received praise in several media outlets, including Time Out, and coverage on BBC News. Read more

LSHTM on the bookshelf – September 2012

Fresh off the printing press this month is  Tropical Diseases – an Issue of Infectious Disease Clinics of North America (July 2012, Vol. 26, No. 2), edited by School alumnus and current Governor, Professor Alimuddin Zumla, alongside Professor Jennifer Keiser of the Swiss Tropical Institute. Its subject is timely - every year 15 million people die from tropical diseases, and an increasing number of them are in countries and regions that were once unaffected - such as the UK, Europe and the USA. Read more

Read all about it – Human Library for World Mosquito Day

"I can read you like a book!" - that's what you might have said if you attended the Human Library, held by the Malaria Centre at the School to celebrate Mosquito Day. Mosquito Day - on 20 August - commemorates the date in 1897 when Sir Ronald Ross made the connection between malaria parasites and the Anopheles mosquito. Read more

LSHTM on the bookshelf – July 2012

Two new books hit the shelves this month. In "No Time To Lose" Peter Piot, Director of the School, recounts his incredible career - from discovering Ebola in the heart of Africa to co-ordinating global action against AIDS in the political jungles of the UN. Read more