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Practising Public Health: An Eyewitness Account

John Ashton


This book is based on over 40 years work in public health at a time of unprecedented change and challenge. The emphasis is on the practical aspects of working at different levels of action, very much ‘how to do it and how it was done’. As such it is a personal account. This period marked a new era in which the previous medical paradigm, dating from the mid-nineteenth century, was replaced by a broader, multidisciplinary approach, grounded in social science, the humanities, ecology, and public engagement with the politics of health once more coming into focus. The author uses case studies, stor ... More

Keywords: new public health, history, practical approach, case studies, real-life experiences, evolution of thinking, mental health, lifestyles, ageing population, disasters and emergencies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198743170
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198743170.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Ashton, author
President, The UK Faculty of Public Health, London, UK