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Canadian Journal of Infectious Diseases and Medical Microbiology
Volume 16 (2005), Issue 3, Pages 193-196
Stanier Lecture

Illicit Drugs, Infectious Disease and Public Health: A Historical Perspective

Virginia Berridge and Shawna Bourne

Received 26 September 2004; Accepted 21 October 2004

Copyright © 2005 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The present report outlines a presentation by Professor Virginia Berridge at the Second Stanier Lecture held in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on November 5, 2002. The relationship among public health concepts, illicit drug use prevention and policy, and infection control strategies in England and other locations is paralleled over the course of two centuries. This historical journey analyzes changes in public health and demonstrates how history and public health have intersected at various times to result in the public health approaches used today.