Life, death and cigarettes
By Beryl Bainbridge - 03 May 13:00

The Smoking Diaries

Simon Gray <em>Granta Books, 240pp, £14.99</em>

ISBN 186207688X

The food revolution that lost its soul
By David Nicholson-Lord - 19 April 13:00

As organic produce booms, supermarkets and big processing companies have moved in. Does it matter th

Don't get ahead too early
By Donald Hirsch - 19 April 13:00

Observations on pacing yourself

Do they really want to save the world?
By Staff blogger - 19 April 13:00

When politicians are serious about something - terror, drugs, crime, poverty, litter - they declare a war on it, and often appoint a tsar as well.

Fag end of fashion
By Zoe Williams - 19 April 13:00

Smoking in films once signified rebellion, coolness and sex appeal. Now it is shorthand for "loser".

NS Essay - Friendship is the invisible thread running through society
By Richard Reeves - 19 April 13:00

Friends can give you longer life and better health. But they can also be the basis for hierarchy, so

Diary - Marcelle d'Argy Smith
By Marcelle d'Argy - 12 April 13:00

I love the way the English who are anti-Europe say, "I've nothing against the French. I'm off there

NS Essay - Babies have now to be trained in the Protestant work ethic
By Suzanne Moore - 12 April 13:00

As parents claim the credit if their child succeeds and professionals say there's something wrong wi

Get on yer bikes!
By Gideon Burrows - 05 April 13:00

Cheaper, healthier and safer than motoring, cycling should come out of the gutter

Don't we deserve offices?
By Theodore Dalrymple - 05 April 13:00

Observations on doctors

Mark Thomas urges the unions to take on Coca-Cola
By Mark Thomas - 29 March 13:00

Turning the decent tap water in Dasani into a cancer scare - causing smokers to demand that fellow w

When all hope is lost
By Gerry Hassan - 22 March 12:00

Observations on Scottish health

Not so hot on British wards
By Glenda Cooper - 15 March 12:00

Observations on nurses

I'm a doctor, and I'm scared
By Theodore Dalrymple - 01 March 12:00

Observations on health service

The firms behind your dentist
By Neil Clark - 01 March 12:00

Observations on health service

Light and hope of the NHS
By Theodore Dalrymple - 23 February 12:00

Observations on Indian doctors

Is this how to end public service failure?
By David Boyle - 23 February 12:00

Suppose you had to pay for medical treatment - not in money, but through helping other patients. Dav

Diet can make you nice
By Michael Meacher - 16 February 12:00

Michael Meacher argues that there's no need to spend millions on prisons. We can get better results

Nobody has the right to be a mother
By Amanda Platell - 02 February 12:00

Amanda Platell explains why fertility treatment is not for her

Sport - Jason Cowley on drugs in sport
By Jason Cowley - 26 January 12:00

Should we care if our athletes have been pumped full of nandrolone? Asks Jason Cowley

The scandalous secret of the family courts
By Staff blogger - 26 January 12:00

The belief in Munchausen's syndrome by proxy - a condition whereby mothers supposedly harm children to draw attention to themselves - is one of those strange fashions that afflict the professional classes from time to time.

When it's right to charge the insane
By Theodore Dalrymple - 19 January 12:00

Observations on mental illness and the law

The truth about ''health tourists''
By Andrew Simms - 12 January 12:00

The idea of Britain as an innocent, being taken for a ride by ruthless visitors, is absurd. We were

We want a doctor who knows best
By Theodore Dalrymple - 12 January 12:00

In the NHS, choice is good, the government tells us. Most patients disagree, writes <em>Theodore Dal

Darcus Howe on the price of being ill in Trinidad
By Darcus Howe - 12 January 12:00

My sister gets expelled from the emergency ward because she can't pay on the spot

When Irish eyes are spying
By Patrick West - 05 January 12:00

Ireland has not only banned smoking in restaurants and bars, ministers have also asked citizens to g

The message on drugs is getting through. But is it the right one?
By Alice O'Keeffe - 15 December 12:00

Ministers are "encouraged" by a drop in Ecstasy use, but ignore the wider picture. <strong>Alice O'K

The story of Anna and Rashid
By Jeremy Seabrook - 15 December 12:00

By Jeremy Seabrook

Mark Thomas wants to see the Queen in court
By Mark Thomas - 15 December 12:00

The aristocracy need only worry about gout, syphilis and falling off polo ponies - industrial accide

The fan - Hunter Davies fears deep-vein thrombosis for football fans
By Hunter Davies - 08 December 12:00

You could get deep-vein thrombosis from watching too much football