Witnessing history: a personal view of half a century in public health

Bergman, B.P., Laing, F., Chandler, A.S. and Calman, K.C. (2018) Witnessing history: a personal view of half a century in public health. Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, 48(2), pp. 181-191. (doi:10.4997/JRCPE.2018.214)

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Abstract

Former Chief Medical Officer Sir Kenneth Calman recently celebrated 50 years in medicine. It was a period which saw the evolution of the public health agenda from communicable diseases to diseases of lifestyle, the change from a hospital-orientated health service to one dominated by community-based services, and the increasing recognition of inequalities as a major determinant of health. This paper documents selected highlights from his career including the Aberdeen typhoid outbreak, AIDS, bovine spongiform encephalopathy, foot and mouth disease, radioactive fallout, the invention of computerised tomography and magnetic resonance imaging, and draws parallels between the development of the modern understanding of public health and the theoretical background to the science 100 years earlier.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Calman, Professor Kenneth and Bergman, Dr Beverly
Authors: Bergman, B.P., Laing, F., Chandler, A.S., and Calman, K.C.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Public Health
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing
Journal Name:Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
Publisher:Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
ISSN:1478-2715
ISSN (Online):2042-8189
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2018 Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
First Published:First published in Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh 48(2): 181-191
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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