Author Archives: Andre Burbidge

Book of the month. (1): Imperial medicine : Patrick Manson and the Conquest of Tropical Disease

Book of the month. No.1: November 2021 Imperial medicine : Patrick Manson and the conquest of tropical disease / Douglas M. Haynes – Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, 2001. Shelf mark: DY (MAN). Follow link for e-book version (LSHTM … Continue reading

30 years ago ..

I finished washing up my side plate, spoon and cereal bowl and replaced them carefully in “my” cupboard in the shared kitchen. I went down the corridor to my bedsit room, the front downstairs room, shielded from the street by … Continue reading

E-books and how to use them

This year we have received a lot of enquiries from students and staff, including some of my library colleagues, about how to use e-books : how to read them, how to download, whether you need to use special software to … Continue reading

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Musings on maps

I’ve always been fascinated by maps of all kinds. Long before I first visited London, I opened a pocket diary belonging to my parents and found a map of the London Underground on the back pages, the classic Pick design … Continue reading

New platform for e-books

The library recently switched a number of titles to the VLe Books platform when one of our original suppliers got into difficulty. Below is an example of how titles look on this new platform: And this is the same book … Continue reading

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Dicots .. or, What’s on TV?

During the COVID lockdown, we have been encouraged to pay attention to our mental health. For some people this may mean growing plants or vegetables, perhaps in pots if your access to outside space is limited. Learning a language or … Continue reading

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World Health Day. Sunday 7th April 2019.

When I first arrived at the School, the World Health Organization (WHO)  theme “Health for all by the year 2000” was highly topical, with an emphasis on access to primary health care. We are now into the nineteenth year of … Continue reading

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