Case Studies in Public Health

Case Studies in Public Health

1st Edition - March 12, 2018

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  • Author: Theodore Tulchinsky
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128045862
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128045718

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Case Studies in Public Health contains selected case studies of some of the most important and influential moments in medicine and epidemiology. The cases chosen for this collection represent a wide array of public health issues that go into the makeup of what can be termed the New Public Health (NPH), which includes traditional public health, such as sanitation, hygiene and infectious disease control, but widens its perspective to include the organization, financing and quality of health care services in a much broader sense. Each case study is presented in a systematic fashion to facilitate learning, with the case, background, current relevance, economic issues, ethical issues, conclusions, recommendation and references discussed for each case. The book is a valuable resource for advanced students and researchers with specialized knowledge who need further information on the general background and history of public health and important scientific discoveries within the field. It is an ideal resource for students in public health, epidemiology, medicine, anthropology, and sociology, and for those interested in how to apply lessons from the past to present and future research.

Key Features

  • Explores the history of public health through important scientific events and flashpoints
  • Presents case studies in a clear, direct style that is easy to follow
  • Uses a systematic approach to help learn lessons from the past and apply them to the present


Geneticists, clinical researchers, life science researchers, biophysicists and molecular/cellular biologists, advanced undergraduate and graduate students in genetics, molecular biology, cell biology, and biophysics

Table of Contents

  • 1. James Lind and scurvy
    2. Edward Jenner and smallpox
    3. Peter Panum on measles
    4. Semmelweiss, Nightingale, Lister and hygiene     
    5. John Snow and the Broad Street Pump
    6. Louis Pasteur and microbes
    7. Robert Koch and Paul Ehrlich  and magic bullets
    8. Bismarck, Semashko, Beveridge, universal health
    9. Joseph Goldberger on pellagra
    10. Marine, Cowie and Hetzel on preventing iodine deficiency
    11. Elmer McCollum and vitamin D
    12. Norman Gregg and congenital rubella syndrome
    13. Ethics, Eugenics, Nuremberg, Helsinki, and public health
    14. Framingham, North Karelia, MONICA on CVD
    15. Roemer’s Law    
    16. Enders, Salk, Sabin  and eradication of polio
    17. Vitamin K Deficiency Bleeding (VKDB) 
    18. Thalassemia eradication in Cyprus
    19. Maurice Hilleman and vaccines
    20. Robert Guthrie and Nicholas Wald on birth defects
    21. Marc Lalonde and health promotion   
    22. Warren and Marshal on Helicobacter pylori

Product details

  • No. of pages: 604
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2018
  • Published: March 12, 2018
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128045862
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128045718

About the Author

Theodore Tulchinsky

Theodore H. Tulchinsky (MD 1961 from the University of Toronto; MPH degree 1968 from Yale University). He participated in the introduction of universal health insurance in Saskatchewan (1962-66) and served as Deputy Minister of Health and Social Development in the Province of Manitoba, Canada (1972-76). After moving to Israel in 1976, he served as Director of Public Health in the Ministry of Health in Israel, then Coordinator for Health and Supervisor of Health in the West Bank and Gaza (1981-2014) with a focus on sanitation, immunization, nutrition, and primary care for maternal and child health especially. He taught in the International MPH program at the Braun School of Public Health at the Hebrew University from 1981 to 2016. He was a visiting consultant to the New York State Department of Health in the 1980s on community health worker programs and other topics as a Fulbright Scholar and Visiting Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Public Health (1997-98). Ted led in developing a community health worker program for 11 low income housing projects in Los Angeles county; the program expanded during the COVID pandemic. Ted has published 110 articles in peer reviewed professional journals, and a number of book chapters on public health topics including polio, measles, tetanus, water borne diseases, immunization, nutrition, and environmental health. He has been active between 2000 and 2018 in promoting new schools of public health in former socialist countries of Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union and Central Asia, served on the Executive Board of the European Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPHER). He is lead author on the textbook The New Public Health (three editions in 1999, 2005, 2014); NPH has been translated and published in Russian, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Moldovan, Romanian, Mongolian, Georgian, and Turkish languages. Ted was awarded the Andrija Stampar Medal in 2008 for "excellence in promoting public health education in Europe”, and was Deputy Editor of Public Health Reviews from 2010 to 2017. Ted published Case Studies in Public Health in 2018. Between 2010-2018, he led in development of Israel’s first bachelor degree program at Ashkelon College, as well as in developing an Erasmus funded project of cooperation between Israeli and European schools of public health.

Affiliations and Expertise

Emeritus, Braun School of Public Health, Hebrew University-Hadassah, Hadassah Ein Karem, Jerusalem, Israel; Emeritus, School of Health Professions, Ashkelon Academic College, Ashkelon, Israel

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