We are publishing two editions of CSP in August. The first is a special Supplement honoring the memory of Frederico Simões Barbosa on the centennial of his birth. Among his numerous activities and contributions to Public Health, Frederico conceived and launched CSP as the journal's first Editor, together with Luiz Fernando Ferreira. The special edition, painstakingly organized by Carlos E. A. Coimbra Jr., includes 11 articles, which as the Editorial says, "comprise a kaleidoscope of stories by persons of different backgrounds, ages, and perspectives (scientific and personal) who in one way or another were touched by interacting with Frederico" (p. S2).
In this month's regular edition, the Editorial by Guilherme L. Werneck introduces the article (published in the same edition) from the Methodological Issues section, expounding on causal diagrams. Werneck highlights the article's importance by recalling that there is "a mismatch between the importance of causal diagrams in the international epidemiological literature and their limited repercussions in the Brazilian academic and scientific community."
The Perspectives section discusses recent setbacks in Brazil on gender equality issues, with a negative impact on women health policies, especially related to sexual and reproductive rights. The Review section features a paper on the reform in the English National Health Service, debating the system's history and the risks to the right to health.
The August edition also includes two fascinating papers in the Essay section, one on comprehensiveness and healthcare technologies and another addressing biological determination of mental disorders.
The Methodological Issues section includes a comparison of spatial analysis models, an evaluation of the dimensional structure of an instrument for measuring parental educational practices (s-EMBU), and the above-mentioned article on causal diagrams. In addition to the diversity of themes presented in the Articles section, the edition also includes a Brief Communication on inadequate dietary micronutrient intake in southern Brazil.
We round out the month of August with an interesting debate in the Letters section, sparked by the excellent repercussions of the article "Why reconsider the indications for breast cancer screening", published in the May edition.
Enjoy this month's selection!