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In this issue one of our Board members, Gabriel Scally, offers a public health calling ballad, urging public health personnel to work together and take inspiration from some of the great figures of the past. Gabriel reminds us that public health is more than a technical activity. In a recent article in the BMJ, Iona Heath explores this issue at some length from the perspective of a general practitioner working in a stressed part of London.1 Some of us have felt increasing unease at the normalisation of a reductionist approach to health improvement, based on the performance management of the rather narrow range of medical interventions that can impact on health compared to the bigger impact of policies and programmes in other areas of everyday life – rather like those cowboy gamblers in the cinema, gambling on which thimble the pea was hidden under when all the time it was up the cowboy's sleeve. We are in danger of focussing on the technical and managerial, when political and cultural change is what is needed.
See page 754
A similar kind of warning comes from an Editorial linked to this month's Research Agenda on assessing the social meaning, value and implications of research in genomics. Lumberas and colleagues warn us of the danger of moving too rapidly to the clinics with immature technologies that could jeopardise the promising future of this research. In our Gallery, Professor Wong from the Chinese University of Hong Kong draws our attention to the growing issue posed by unprotected sex in young adults in this part of China. We can expect this to be an increasing issue with the globalisation of youth culture, coupled with rapid urbanisation.
See pages 755, 757 and 763
In Speakers' Corner, Bernard Choi and a group from Ottawa make a plea to bring chronic disease epidemiology and infectious disease epidemiology back together. In Public Health Past and Present, there is an examination of how alcohol policies have worked among indigenous Australians, with the identification of persisting historical themes in relation to “Aboriginal affairs” policies. In Continuing Professional Education, we offer the second part of the WHO‐inspired Glossary on violence and public health.
See pages 759, 764 and 832
And in Evidence Based Public Health Policy and Practice:
See pages 771, 778, 784 and 791
Research Report findings include:
See pages 797, 802, 810, 824 and 833