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In this issue K S Jacob, from the Christian Medical College in Vellore, paints a depressing picture of the failure of advancement in public health in India, and identifies various reasons for this to have happened. As India and China join the big hitters in global economic development, it is timely to reflect on the deficiencies of “trickle down” economics, and we might remember that a hundred years of ascendancy in global colonialism left the British industrial classes floundering at the dawn of the 20th century. Concerted public health action with a commitment to equity is surely needed.
See page 562
In another Editorial, linked to a Research Report, Korrick and Bellinger discuss the demonstrated association of both learning disabilities and attention deficit disorder (ADD) with concurrent serum levels of persistent organic pollutants among 12–15 year olds.
See pages 564, 591
In Speaker's Corner, Griffith and his colleagues argue the case for high coverage male circumcision in preventing HIV and AIDS. They dismiss the suggestion that the introduction of a new method of protection will lead to increased sexual licence, and cite as evidence a recent Kenyan study of circumcised and uncircumcised men and the effects of circumcision on sexual behaviour. There is plenty of scope for confounding here, and this new panacea for HIV in Africa may yet follow the classic trajectory of new interventions: from exuberant embrace through disillusionment to a proper appreciation of its role in context.
See page 612
A novel Gallery from Australia points out the creative opportunities in modifying public recreational spaces to provide greater choice and opportunity for promoting health; and in Public Health Past and Present, David Smith explores food panics in history, with special reference to the corned beef outbreak of typhoid in Aberdeen, Scotland in 1964. CPE features a Glossary on the politics of health.
See pages 604, 566, 571
Main findings in our Evidence‐Based Public Health Policy and Practice section this month include:
See pages 575, 578, 585
And this month's research findings offer the following:
See pages 597, 605, 613, 619, 625, 631, 638, 641
And, finally, in Theory and Methods an example of the application of uncertainty analysis for estimating a survey proportion.
See page 650