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.