This thematic issue of VIEW brings together articles that show how television has been an instrument for, as well as a mirror of, public service and specifically health services. Two approaches to this are featured and teased out. The first approach concerns health communication and campaigns, where information is diffused via television and strengthened or reinforced by visual and filmic means. The second concerns the structures that offer, manage and model norms of health and healthcare services. In introducing elements of the history of health, we hope to draw attention to the intersection of public health and television over the twentieth century, such that thinking about the relationship between them might change our understanding of both.
Co-edited by Tricia Close-Koenig, Angela Saward and Jessica Borge

Tricia Close-Koenig; Angela Saward; Jessica Borge:

Television, an Instrument for and a Mirror of Health and Health Services

S. 1-6


Emily Vinson:

Just Say No: Dr Richard I. Evans Efforts to Influence Juvenile Behaviour through US Public Health Programming

S. 7-22

Angela Saward:

Television, Teenagers and VD: An Insight into the Advisory Process behind Schools and Colleges’ Broadcasting in the Early 1970s in the UK

S. 23-36

Matt Melia:

“Very Nearly an Armful!”: British Post-War Comedy and the NHS

S. 37-54

Benjamin Coulomb:

Television at the Crossroads of the History of Consumption and Health: The Morhange Talc Affair (1972-1981)

S. 55-67

Pascale Mansier:

A Programme Like No Other: AIDS Prevention in French Television, 1995-1997

S. 68-78


Christian Bonah; Joël Danet:

“Fighting the Uncertainty of Tomorrow”: Explaining and Portraying the Social Security System on French Television for Schools

S. 79-96

Sandra Schnädelbach:

Bad Vibes: Images of Communication, Emotional Balance and Health in East German Television, 1970s-1980s

S. 97-111

Susanne Vollberg:

Don’t Smoke, Take Drink in Moderation, Do Walk a Lot and Do Not Gorge Yourself beyond Your Satiation: Health Education by Television in West Germany from the 1960s to the 1980s

S. 112-125

Hannah Selby:

Continuity and Change in British Public Service Television’s Engagement with Mental Health

S. 126-140

Silvia Leonzi; Giovanni Ciofalo; Lorenzo Ugolini; Fabio Ciammella:

From Family Doctor to Healthentainment: Health Topics in the Italian Public Service from Neo-Television to Post-television

S. 141-154