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‘It’s more complicated than that…’: an occasional blog post series

‘It’s more complicated than that…’ is a common academic refrain.  How many times have you watched a TV programme or read a newspaper article that touches on an area you know about and shouted (probably to no-one in particular): ‘but … 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

Vaccination and celebrity – The meningitis B vaccine debate in context

We’ve seen a number of stories of late about how certain parents are eschewing vaccination for their children. At the School, Heidi Larson’s team is doing important work on the spread of ‘vaccine hesitancy’ and the extent of ‘vaccine confidence’. … Continue reading

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Vaccination Exhibition 3: Scientific Knowledge

Vaccination is a complicated process. It involves coordination between many different areas of public life, so that immunisations can be manufactured, distributed and given to people. At the heart of it, however, you need an effective vaccine. That requires research … Continue reading

Vaccination Exhibition 1: Eradicating Disease

The great success story of vaccination in the twentieth century was the eradication of smallpox. Although other public health techniques such as isolation and containment were necessary to eliminate the last few wild cases, vaccination was a key weapon against … Continue reading