Author Archives: Andre Burbidge

Mental Health Awareness

I first became consciously aware of mental health when I was in my 20s, when a friend of mine was admitted to a psychiatric ward under the Mental Health Act (aka “sectioned”). This happened on two occasions, but I only … Continue reading

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Reports : snapshots in time

The reports series collection contains some very useful items, especially if you are looking for historical, geographical, statistical / epidemiological information. Reports series are typically health statistics and census data produced by governmental and non-governmental organizations on a regular basis … Continue reading

Rural hygiene – snapshot from the collections

  There are a number of works on rural health in our collections, including general works from dating the late 19th century when the public health movement gathered momentum. The examples I have chosen below are on the open shelves … Continue reading

Books for orientation

Books for orientation   In a previous blog* I extolled the virtues of walking in London. Here are a couple of books to set local walks in an historical  public health and tropical medicine context.   Black, Nick. Walking London’s medical … Continue reading

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To (p.) or not to (p.fol.)? That is the question.

I approached my manager  clutching a collection of books of various shapes and sizes that I hoped I had classified correctly and to her satisfaction. I had only been working as the library’s cataloguer for 2 weeks and was eager to meet … Continue reading

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Steps in the walking city

    I was fourteen. My history class were on a visit to London, my first visit to the Capital I can remember with any clarity. Unlike other school trips, which were mostly by coach or the school minibus we travelled by … Continue reading

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How do you say it?

How do you say it?   Borrow (verb)   “take and use something belonging to someone else with the intention of returning it” “May I borrow this book?” “May I take this book out?” The emphasis is on removing the item … Continue reading

The Bar Code

  “Mr Bojangles was NOT a tap dancer, he was soft shoe. It is not the same!” And with this remark, Mr Soft Shoe walked away with a bonus point for his team. It was pub quiz night at the … Continue reading

In the SHT

Mark (the librarian) looked up from a pile of pamphlets on nutrition and water supply and mused “why are these ‘bex-ee’ (BEXY) and ‘sez-ee’ (SEZY)?” As a young twenty something with (mostly) one thing on his mind he was no … Continue reading