Three hundred years of health and the environment - a global history

EAHMH Conference - 12-15 September Invitation to register for a press place

A two-day conference which looks at the global history of health and the environment takes place between 12 and 15 September in central London.

Environment, Health and History, has been organised by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine's Centre for History in Public Health on behalf of the European Association for the History of Medicine and Health, and takes place between 12-15 September 2007 at the Brunei Centre in Bloomsbury.

The event will bring together historians of medicine and of science with geographers and environmental historians, with whom they have much in common, to discuss how the lessons of the past can help to inform debate and policy on environment and health.

Themes under discussion include health and the urban environment; health and the rural environment; environment and occupational health; environment, climate and health; environmentalism, environment and the ancients; environment, gender and health; sanitation; immunisation; and mental health and war.

A glance at the list of seminar titles reveals just how much many of the public health dilemmas we grapple with today have affected the generations that came before us; speakers will address such key areas as how the issue of pollution and waste disposal was dealt with in early modern Tuscany; how you were just as likely to die a sudden, violent death in early modern London as you are now; the debate between which was more hygienic and environmentally friendly - burial or cremation -  in 19th century Britain;  and how to keep healthy in the city - life reform and physical culture in Britain, 1900-1914.

Speakers will also look at cultural policies to prevent sexually transmitted diseases between the 1880s and the 1940s, a problem which is very much still with us, the story of the public toilet in England, and the history of international politics over global climate change and its impacts on environment and human health.

Professor Virginia Berridge, Head of the Centre for History and Public Health, comments: 'The themes we will be exploring at this weeks' conference run true to the traditions of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, because they give a truly global history of hygiene and tropical medicine, and the environment, across a huge timeframe - a period of more than three hundred years.  

'Historians of medicine and science, on one side, and geographers and environmental historians on the other, have much in common, and much to learn from one another. We hope that bringing the different disciplines together will help to develop ways of approaching the interface between environment and health which are sensitive to the past, but also speak to present'.

For a full conference programme and list of seminars, please go to:

For further information, or to register for a press place, please contact the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine Press Office on 020 7927 2073/2802 or  

Lindsay Wright
Media Manager

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
020 7927 2073/07941 294885

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