Public Health History Walk: ‘The Bloomsbury and Soho Walk’

This evening tour will take us from the area around the School to the intriguing streets of Soho, including public health links and the extraordinary story of Dr John Snow and the cholera outbreak of 1854.  The walk will take about 1.5 hours and end at the John Snow pub. Wednesday, 1st November 2017, 5.15 […]

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

How are the benefits of immunisation communicated to the public? How are fears about the safety of vaccine allayed? Surprise attack (1951) tells the story of a young girl marked for life by a bout of smallpox, while MMR: what parents want to know (2001) attempts to address the controversial and now discredited theory that the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine caused […]

Film – Research in the Rhondda (1969)

What is it like to be a research subject in an epidemiological survey? How do epidemiologists keep participants engaged in longitudinal research and avoid loss-to-follow-up? This film explores some of the human stories behind epidemiological research, using Archie Cochrane’s famous survey of pneumoconiosis in the Welsh mining valleys of Rhondda as its topic. Dr Daisy […]

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. […]

Seminar: 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 […]

Seminar – 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 […]

Seminar – 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 […]

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 […]