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Reviewed by: Cheryl LaGuardia, Research Librarian, Widener Library, Harvard University
Hygiea Internationalis is the official journal of the International Network for the History of Public Health, with publication made possible by the Swedish Research Council (VR) and Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research (FAS). The Journal’s focus is on promoting “the study of the history of collective efforts for the improvement of the health of populations from antiquity to modernity with particular emphasis on the interdisciplinary analysis of the interaction between ideas on public health, organizations created to carry out these ideas, their implementation, and their social and demographic consequences.”
The editorial board is very international, and the studies described come from around the world. The four articles in the latest issue (12:2,2016) illustrate this: “Medical professional practices, university disciplines and the state : A case study from Norwegian hygiene and psychiatry 1800- 1940,” “Clergy and Vaccination in Southern Italy in the Early Nineteenth Century,” “Health Insurance Regime as Differentiation and Discipline: The Chinese Health Insurance Reforms,” and “CSR: a catalyst for corporate contribution to global health governance? : A case study from the pharmaceutical industry.” The journal periodically publishes themed issues, as well. For example, the previous issue (2015) was arranged around the theme of the fight against polio in South America and the Iberian Peninsula.
This journal is indexed in both SCOPUS and Historical Abstracts, and will be useful to researchers in international public health policy and practice.