Book Launch: Virginia Berridge, Public Health: A Very Short Introduction


On Tuesday, 27th September the Centre for History in Public Health held a book launch in the Manson Space at the School’s Keppel Street building to celebrate the publication of  Professor Virginia Berridge’s new book:

Virginia Berridge, Public Health: A Very Short Introduction,Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2016.

Peter Piot, the Director of the LSHTM and a Professor of Global Health introduced the book and Virginia made a short speech. The event was attended by colleagues from LSHTM and further afield, friends and family. Refreshments were available and the book was available for purchase and signing by Virginia!


Image courtesy of Juliet Snape

The book is available now from Oxford University Press, please follow the link below:

public health book

From Ancient Roman baths fed by municipal aqueducts, to the creeping spread of leprosy and the relentless march of the Black Death across medieval Europe, to the epidemics of obesity today, public health has been a concern for centuries. In this Very Short Introduction Virginia Berridge discusses the history of public health, and the role it plays in our lives. Alongside the provision of treatment, public health bodies also have an anticipatory role, working to keep us healthy and living longer. Covering areas such as drains and sanitation, campaigns against smoking and excess sugar, and modern vaccination programmes, Berridge analyses the global concerns of contemporary public health.

ABOUT THE SERIES: Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.