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Paradigmatic shifts in academic disciplines occur as a result of the interaction of a complex set of factors. The old paradigm must be exhibiting a demonstrable ‘crisis’. And the new paradigm must be championed by individuals that possess adequate commitment to mould it in the face of the inevitable resistances that will be posed by adherents and beneficiaries of the old paradigm. Peter Draper, who died on 30 July 2016, was a dogged champion of the need for public health practice to break out of the narrow medical and environmental focus that had characterised social medicine in the period immediately […]
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We are greatly saddened to announce that Professor Aubrey Sheiham, one of our most distinguished members,  passed away on the 24th November 2015. Aubrey was a pioneer in public health globally and a highly respected and loved colleague. He was a driving force and constant advocate of evidence-based medicine and had the courage to challenge professional orthodoxy and powerful vested interests in order to promote oral health in the broader context of general health. In his 1977 Lancet paper, he challenged the then recommended routine 6 monthly dental recall as lacking any scientific basis and risking over-treatment. His seminal public health […]
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One of our oldest members, Hilda Smith, a leading UK co-operator and Welsh campaigner for frail older people, died on 27 March, aged 94. She was a strong woman from Burnley, Lancashire, who constantly fought for the things that she believed in and who valued co-operation as a practical form of socialism. Hilda tirelessly campaigned on behalf of frail and vulnerable people, for a salaried and a democratic health service. The key issue for Hilda was putting users/ citizens at the heart of policy-making, and in the evaluation of services. She was involved in campaigns covering abortion law reform, family […]
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Wednesday 10th May 1978 7 p.m. in The Grand Committee Room, Westminster Hall, House of Commons, London, S.W.I. Dr. Maurice Miller, MP, Chairman of the Parliamentary Labour Party Health Group took the chair and represented the Labour Party. In opening the proceedings Dr. Miller said it was fitting that the memorial meeting to Dr David Stark Murray should take place during the 30th Anniversary Year and in the House of Commons since he made such a very great contribution to the creation of the NHS and passing of the Act in the House in 1948. He welcomed Baroness Jennie Lee, widow of […]
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If you speak to any active member of the S.M.A. about Edinburgh they will automatically think of, and almost certainly speak of, one person, Dr. Julius Lipetz, general practitioner, activist and model of activity. Those who have read these Profiles will have observed one thing the subjects have in common, that they are never men or women with one track minds or restricted interests. They are all featuring in these columns because they have given great service to the cause of health and have seemed to put every minute into that cause; but all have shown a wide interest and […]
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