Book Launch – Anne Hardy: Salmonella Infections, Networks of Knowledge, and Public Health in Britain, 1880-1975.


We held a book launch in the Manson Space at the School’s Keppel Street building on the 29th  of January 2015 to celebrate the book’s publication. Ingrid supervised the refreshments and Peter Barklem from Oxford University Press set out the stall displaying the book.  Colleagues from the School and UCL, and friends from other universities and from deep in my past spent a cheerful couple of hours (a flood from the nearby facilities notwithstanding), talking and, in the case of several non-School guests, admiring the space and its surrounding brick-work and impressive pipes. Virginia kindly made a speech to which I replied with a good deal of flustered repetition! And everybody went home in good order by 8 pm!

Anne Hardy’s new book, Salmonella Infections, Networks of Knowledge, and Public Health in Britain, 1880-1975 (Oxford University Press: Oxford, 2015) 

Examines the world of the public health laboratory, extending research on laboratory provision and practice into the twentieth century

  • Indicates how the globalisation of trade has affected problems of food infection
  • Shows that problems of fraud and poor hygiene in the food industries have a long history

It is the first scholarly history of food poisoning, telling of the discovery of food poisoning as a public health problem in the 1880s, of the discovery of pathways of infection and of the Salmonella family, and of the realisation that these organism are deeply embedded in human and animal food chains and the subsequent importance of food hygiene.


The book is available from OUP please click on the link for further details