The American Public Health Association was founded in 1872, at a time when scientific advances were helping to reveal the causes of communicable diseases. The founders recognized that two of APHA’s most important functions were advocacy for adoption by the government of the most current scientific advances relevant to public health, and public education on how to improve community health. APHA now has more than 30,000 members in 32 sections that represent major public health disciplines or public health programs.
APHA Press publishes and sells over 70 public health books, several of which are the recognized references in their subspecialty, such as Control of Communicable Diseases Manualand Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater. APHA Press began sending us their books in 1997, but with some breaks, with the result that we’ve received 49 titles over the years and have published reviews of 31 of them. We are happy to report that we’ve published reviews of all three of the books we’ve received this year. The 20th edition of Control of Communicable Diseases Manual is among the three APHA Press titles that appeared in Doody’s Core Titles 2019, and it was selected as an Essential Purchase Title.