Over the past few decades the ideal female body, as depicted in adverts and on film and TV, has got thinner and thinner, yet the average woman has got fatter and fatter.
A swift death and antimacassars that turned into faceless people meant that Aubrey and Brenda never got to take the holiday they craved.
In his Health Matters column, Dr Phil Whitaker discusses how the Royal College of GPs came under attack for possible discrimination.
Like millions of others, I love Channel 4’s maternity documentary. But it is feeding us an overly rosy view of an NHS suffering from staff shortages and cutbacks.
The NHS is gradually waking up to the need to provide structured support to people keen to lose weight, just like smoking cessation services.
An eating disorder doesn’t consider your gender. It is indiscriminate.
The problem is that many feel they have to pick a side. But we know that cultures are not as fixed and unchanging as powerful advocates within them may like to make out.
Sometimes things are not as they first seem, recalls Dr Phil Whitaker about the time when a simple faint turned out to be an aneurysm.
Someone who starts smoking at age 15 is three times more likely to die of tobacco related cancer than someone who starts in their mid-20s.
Dr Phil Whitaker’s Health Matters column.
Henry Marsh is one of the country's top neurosurgeons and a pioneer of neurosurgical advances in Ukraine. Erica Wagner witnesses life on a knife-edge.
While the world searches for the plane or theorises about its disappearance, what about the effects on the desperate families and friends waiting for news – and even us?
Two years ago John Kelly, an artist and long-term wheelchair user, was singing at the Paralympics Opening Ceremony. Without the ILF this would never have been possible.
Closing important services for financial reasons is stupid. But closing expensive things we don’t need so that we can spend the money on new things that we do isn’t.
A new regular column, "Nurse in the City", by Brian Kellett.
Why medinical zinc is not all it's cracked up to be.
A new history of the Lamaze technique is balanced and impressive, but, like almost everything connected to childbirth, it is not entirely neutral or impassive.
Modern governments have long demonised drugs, but the world now may be inching its way back towards the more rational view held in the 19th century.
Britain’s ongoing flirtation with a military way of life.
This 16-to-17 age band can pose the most acute ethical dilemmas, as a case in my area illustrated all too starkly.
That I have lived pretty much entirely self-sufficiently for six and a half years is a matter of some astonishment.
Two needles in the haystack of general practice.
With the best intentions, modern medicine is leading many people to opt for invasive surgery they do not need.
After getting pregnant at 20, the life I thought I'd have suddenly vanished. Knowing that I still had control over what happened to my body helped me to come to terms with my new future.
Obesity rates triple in developing countries. A report by the Overseas Development Institute has found that one in three adults globally is obese.
Come April 2014, our out-of-hours service will be run by strangers based many hundreds of miles away.
If you’re the kind of person who thinks, “It’s Christmas – A&E will be empty,” and comes in to have their verruca treated, you are wrong.
Until the 1980s children were given no anaesthesia during open heart surgery - and we still don't manage their pain properly now.
The take-home message on smoking from science? Quit now.