Author Archives: Chris Olver

Life and death in 1960’s Civil Service: Whitehall Study I collection now available

  The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine has been at the centre of excellence for epidemiology and medical statistics for 90 years. Researchers at the school have contributed to our understanding of disease outbreaks, effectiveness of drug and … Continue reading

Workshop on sensitivity in scientific and medical collections, 17 July 2017

The LSHTM Library & Archives service recently hosted a joint workshop with the Health Archives and Records Group (HARG) on ‘handling sensitivity issues in scientific and medical collections’. The workshop was developed partially stemming from the sensitivity issues surrounding cataloguing … Continue reading

The hobbies of 1960s male middle aged civil servants

The Whitehall Study questionnaire’s main purpose was to measure cardiovascular and respiratory health and other associated risk factors, namely smoking habits. The questionnaire was also designed to capture associated risk factors including existing medical conditions, signs of diabetes and physical … Continue reading

Pedometer challenge meets male middle aged civil servants from 1970s

  The belief that ’10,000’ steps is good for you is relatively ingrained fitness lore worldwide. The belief has spread through high profile global step fitness challenges and the prevalence of relatively cheap, accurate digital step counters. However, before we … Continue reading

Introduction to the Whitehall Study cataloguing project

This is the first blog in a series relating to the cataloguing of the health survey of male civil servants aged 40 and over, more commonly known as the Whitehall Study. For this initial post, I will outline the project … Continue reading

Who was reading ‘How to Have Sex in an Epidemic’?

Judith Lloyd-Jones In 1983 Michael Callen and Robert Berkowitz wrote the ground breaking pamphlet ‘How to Have Sex in an Epidemic: One Approach’. It came at a time when American was gripped with panic of the new, little understood, acquired … Continue reading

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A few highlighted items from the LSHTM HIV/AIDS archive collections

As the HIV/AIDS archive cataloguing project enters it’s final month, I thought I should reflect on a few of the records that have caught my attention over the past 17 months. This is not a definitive list and regret that … Continue reading

New Exhibition at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, ‘HIV/AIDS: Controlling and eradicating a modern epidemic’

It gives me great pleasure to announce that the new exhibition on the subject of HIV/AIDS has now been installed in the Keppel Street Foyer at the School. The exhibition, ‘HIV/AIDS: Controlling and eradicating a modern epidemic’ explores the history of … Continue reading

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Work Experience in the LSHTM Archives: HIV/AIDS Cataloguing Project

Author: Megan McGill  Megan has been on a work placement in the archives   The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine’s Centre for Sexual and Reproductive Health collection contains over seven-hundred descriptions of posters relating to AIDS/HIV from around Europe, … Continue reading

LSHTM Library & Archives Service are now on Facebook

  It is now possible to follow the latest news and developments in the Library on Facebook. The Library has created a fan page on the popular social media site (https://www.facebook.com/pages/London-School-of-Hygiene-Tropical-Medicine-Library-Archives-Service/635224796567510) that provides regular updated information on services, new publications … Continue reading