Cities were darkened by smog and living conditions were generally primitive in the first years of Queen Elizabeth II's reign. But over the next 60 years, the skies were cleared, slums demolished and the nation's food palate evolved. This book, which was devised to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, illustrates decade-by-decade, the work of environmental health practitioners from 1952 to 2012.
In words and pictures, it records the the great London smogs, the Aberfan landslide, Peter Rachman's terror tactics, outbreaks of smallpox and typhoid, the Stanley Royd hospital scandal, the BSE crisis, awareness of climate change and countless unacknowledged but vital interventions that improved the quality of the nation's life. It shows how the members of a professional body, the CIEH, helped to make the UK a healthier and safer place.