Anthony Kessel explores the changing conceptions of air and health alongside historical developments in public health, and critically examines contemporary problems--conceptual, scientific, philosophical and ethical--in public health theory and practice. His book is a unique blend of public health science, history of medicine, ethics and philosophy. Its multi-disciplinary approach will be of interest to students as well as professionals in public health, environmental health, medicine, history of medicine, environmental philosophy, and medical ethics.
'Anthony Kessel takes his readers on a remarkable journey that transcends time, place, and academic discipline. A true polymath, he draws on a wide range of disciplinary perspectives to explore our interaction with the air that we breath, encompassing both what it does to us and, increasingly, what we are doing to it. As we move from the philosophy of the ancient Greeks to the consequences of climate change for social justice by way of the techniques of quantitative risk assessment we learn why it is necessary for anyone truly interested in the health of populations to climb out of their intellectual silos and begin the ascent to a place from where they can begin to understand the remarkable complexity of the world we inhabit.' Professor Martin McKee CBE, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
'Air has always played a role in human interpretation and understanding of health, and we are reminded of this today by disease names such as malaria, and by the presence of scattered high altitude TB sanatariums now converted to other use. Air, the Environment and Public Health explores the interrelationship of air and health from earliest recorded history to the present, as empirical scientific knowledge has gradually replaced former beliefs and misunderstandings. Because of its in-depth exploration of 21st century issues such as environmental ethics and climate change, and its linking of these issues to historical events in England during the preceding 150 years, Anthony Kessel's book is a timely and important read for all students and practitioners of public health, environmental health, medicine, philosophy, and the history of medicine.' Professor David Heymann, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and Chairman of the Health Protection Agency
"Kessel successfully engages the reader in the important debate on air pollution and global warming, an expands the boundaries of the debate to include some of the philosophical bases of Western civilization. And that is not a mean feat."
Sverre Vedal, Respiratory Care