I began Public Health And Health Promotion, (3rd ed, Baillire Tindall, 24.99) hoping it would quickly signpost me to effective interventions, writes Sarah Wilson.

However, the first chapter insists on revisiting some old arguments about the scope of public health. Although I did not find the explanation for separation of public health medicine and health promotion particularly convincing, this is a useful textbook and contains a large amount of interesting and relevant information. I was especially interested in the chapter on information, communication and education. An overview on the social determinants of health and the major causes of ill health makes it a complete textbook.

Dr Sarah Wilson is director of public health and medical director for Trent SHA.