Published: 06/01/2005, Volume II5, No. 5937 Page 26

I began Public Health And Health Promotion, (3rd ed, BailliÞre 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.