Author Archives: Daisy Payling

The myth of John Snow and the long shadow of nineteenth century public health

Public health is a historically conscious discipline.  History figures centrally in many module’s introductory lectures taught as part of the MSc in Public Health at the LSHTM.  There is a dedicated History and Health Module available to students studying in … Continue reading

Horses for Courses (of vaccination) – the role of animals in the early diphtheria immunisation programme

Placing the Public focuses on the human public, and the strand of the project on vaccination is no exception to this. But it is impossible to write a history of immunisation without reference to animals. From the use of cowpox … Continue reading

Placing the Public in Public Health Reading Group – What we’re reading

Every month the Placing the Public in Public Health research team meet to discuss a piece of reading and how it relates to our project themes. We’ve found this a particularly useful way to advance our thinking around broad concepts such as … Continue reading

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Dealing with the ‘Don’t Knows’ in public opinion and public health surveys

In 1944, the Daily Express columnist Beachcomber mocked social surveys by imagining a study on the accuracy of the measurement ‘a hairsbreadth.’ He wrote; ‘let [researchers from Gallup and Mass Observation] tear people’s hair out in handfuls in the cause … Continue reading

Public figures and public health

Dwight D. Eisenhower. Marc Bolan. Jade Goody. Separated by generation, historical importance and orbits of fame, at first glance they appear to have precious little in common. Nonetheless, all are public figures that have in some way influenced public perceptions … Continue reading

Public health posters: beyond parody?

Some things just don’t date well. Although public health communicators have used posters to put across their messages since the invention of the medium, the combination of images and words used can seem rather strange to us now.  Take, for … Continue reading

Public health exhibitions and the public: now and then

  Out shopping on a Saturday afternoon, I came across the Change4Life road show.  This lively exhibition offered passers by the opportunity to take part in interactive games, such as a virtual supermarket sweep, designed to encourage people to make … Continue reading