Films: Surprise attack (1951) and MMR: What parents want to know (2001)

Surprise attack (1951) and MMR: What parents want to know (2001) with Dr Gareth Millward (University of Warwick) discussing vaccination and the communication of risk. Date: Tuesday 5 December 2017, 12.45 pm – 2.00 pm Venue:  Manson Lecture Theatre, LSHTM, Keppel Street Building

Film: Research in the Rhondda (1969)

Research in the Rhondda (1969) with Dr Daisy Payling (LSHTM) discussing epidemiological surveys in historical perspective. Date:  Tuesday 21 November 2017, 12.45 pm – 2.00 pm Venue:  Manson Lecture Theatre, LSHTM, Keppel Street Building

Film: The Centre (1948)

How was health and wellbeing promoted before the NHS, and what implications might it have for today? This film from 1948, made by noted documentarist Paul Rotha, will explore some of these issues. The ‘Peckham Experiment’ in South East London ran from 1930 to 1950, aiming to create ‘positive heath’ in the community, not just the absence of illness. […]

An Authoritarian History of International Health: Public Health and International Expertise in Franco’s Spain

David Brydan (Birkbeck, University of London) This history of international health has tended to focus on the work of international organisations, western philanthropic groups, and experts from the liberal states of Europe and North America. Liberal internationalists undoubtedly played a key role in the modern history of international health, but they only form part of […]

Negotiating immunity: Mass vaccination in modern China and East Asia, 1945-75

Mary Brazelton (University of Cambridge) This paper surveys mass immunization programs across East Asia after the Second World War, with a focus on the People’s Republic of China (PRC). After 1949, the newly established PRC provided mandatory, universal, and free vaccination in nation-wide campaigns against a variety of diseases, including but not limited to smallpox […]

Chaos on the Ground: schistosomiasis control in China, 1950-1964

Xun Zhou (University of Essex) The anti-schistosomiasis campaign (from 1950s to the long 1970s) in Mao’s China was the most celebrated showcase of the People’s Republic of China’s socialist war on diseases. It was the epitome of the communist state’s political commitment to transform the backward (synonymous as the diseased) countryside through education as well […]

How is Australia responding to calls to allow medical uses of cannabis?

Wayne Hall (Centre for Youth Substance Abuse Research (CYSAR), University of Queensland) There is reasonable evidence that THC, the active ingredient in cannabis, is moderately effective in treating nausea and vomiting and in stimulating appetite adversely affected by disease or medical treatment. There is also some evidence that cannabinoids are effective in treating acute and […]

Fighting Fire with Fire. The Danysz Virus, Plague Prevention and early 20th century Epidemiology

Lukas Engelmann (University of Cambridge) Thursday, 19th October 2017, 12.45 pm – 2.00 pm Venue:  LG9, Keppel Street Building

Seminar: HIV and AIDS in English and Irish prisons: a policy overview

Virginia Berridge and Janet Weston (Centre for History in Public Health, LSHTM) The emergence of HIV and AIDS in the 1980s presented unexpected challenges to governments around the world, prompting urgent debate about the role of the state in protecting the health of its citizens. Quarantines, national surveillance, mandatory testing, large-scale health education initiatives, and […]

Symposium: Entwined Health System Histories: New Zealand and Britain Since 1938

Date: Tuesday 24 October 2017 Venue: Penthouse, New Zealand House, 80 Haymarket, London SW1Y 4TQ As part of a larger Wellcome funded project on Health Systems in History, historians at the LSHTM and the University of Auckland are working on a study which aims to examine parallels and interlinkages between the UK and NZ health […]

Annual Lecture – Roberta Bivins – ‘Cultured Comparisons: The Role of the NHS in US Healthcare Debates’

  Life Magazine, 1951   Roberta Bivins Centre for the History of Medicine, University of Warwick In 1948, American politicians and medical elites described Britain’s fledgling National Health Service in diabolical terms — ‘a product of the nether abyss’ that ‘prostituted’ a once honourable profession, promoted communism, and offered the British people only ‘long queues’ for ‘necessarily […]

Public Health History Walk – Gin Lane and Beer Street: public health in Hogarth’s London – POSTPONED!

POSTPONED! Poverty was rife in 18th century London.  In 1751, William Hogarth made two engravings in support of attempts to curb heavy drinking by the poor, who could get “drunk for a penny or dead drunk for tuppence.”  Gin Lane, set in the St. Giles slum area, showed the consequences of vice, particularly addiction to […]

Children’s Stories: a walk and visit to the Foundling Museum

The first orphanage in England was established in Brunswick Square in the mid 1700s, after a long campaign by a kind and determined sea captain.  The site of this ‘Foundling Hospital’ is now a museum and our walk will briefly cover other children’s stories in the area, including the interest taken by Charles Dickens in […]