6 July 2014 – Professor Sir Michael Marmot on BBC Radio 4

For those of you able to access Desert Island Discs on BBC Radio 4, there is an excellent programme featuring Professor Sir Michael Marmot. He is an epidemiologist who has spent his career studying key factors that lead to a long and healthy life, including the social determinants of health: how where we are in the wealth and status pecking order directly influences our chances of illness, disease and lifespan.

The BBC website adds: His pioneering research is often at odds with wider societal concerns over what are known these days as lifestyle choices – like smoking, not taking any exercise or eating junk … he says simply “what I contribute to the policy debate is that I bring evidence – I don’t do the skull-duggery of politics.”

You can access the programme (and his selection of music) here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b048j630

The website of Professor Danny Dorling who works on issues related to social inequalities in Britain is also well worth a look.


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