Announcing new book by alumnus Shunichi Araki

blog image 1MSc in Occupational Medicine alumnus (1977), Shunichi Araki, MD, DrMSc, MSc, Professor Emeritus, the University of Tokyo; Former President, JNIOSH; and Adjunct Professor, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York announced the release of his new book titled “Principles of Social Medicine: From Roman Empire and Industrial Revolution to International Health”. This book is intended to be the first of a trilogy reviewing the principles and history of social medicine from ancient times to the present.



About this Book

Social medicine is a highly interdisciplinary field with a long and fascinating history. It draws insights from clinical medicine, public image 3health and the social sciences. Professor Araki has a long history of working in occupational medicine where he has seen the dynamics of social medicine play out in the perennial struggle between labor and management for protection of health and safety in the workplace, and this keen experience informs his writing. The book consists of four chapters together with a preface. It explores the dawn of social medicine using lead poisoning as a case study; the birth and development of social medicine in the world; social medicine in Japan; and a  study that compares the history of social medicine in Japan with its history in Europe and North America.

About the Author 

Shunichi Araki is one of the most distinguished public health physicians in Japan. Following his graduation from LSHTM in 1977, he was appointed Associate Professor in Department of Public Health at Tohoku University School of Medicine in Sendai, Japan. In 1981, he was promoted to Professor and Chairman of the Department of Public Health and Hygiene in the Medical College of Oita in Kyushu, the southernmost of the Japanese home islands. Then in 1987, he was appointed Professor and subsequently Chairman of the Department of Public Health of the School of Medicine of The University of Tokyo, Japan’s top university. In 2000, Professor Araki moved from academia to government and became Director-General and subsequently President of the Japan National Institute of Industrial Health, a position he held with great distinction and in which he was responsible for protecting the health and safety of the entire Japanese workforce.

Professor Araki served as Editor-in-Chief of Industrial Health from 2000 to 2009. He has been an Associate Editor of Environmental Research since 1990, of the American Journal of Industrial Medicine since 1992, and of the International Journal of Behavioral Medicine from 1993 to 1998. He has published more than 230 papers in English and 70 in Japanese. He is editor of two highly regarded and much cited monographs entitled “Neurobehavioral Methods and Effects in Occupational and Environmental Health (Academic Press, 1994)” and “Behavioral Medicine: An Integrated Biobehavioral Approach to Health and Illness (Elsevier, 1992)”.

Professor Araki never ceases to express that he is deeply indebted to LSHTM and especially to his professor and mentor, the late Corbett McDonald, former Chair of the TUC Centenary Institute of Occupational health at LSHTM.

You can access a copy of  “Principles of Social Medicine: From Roman Empire and Industrial Revolution to International Health” in the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine Library. 

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