A novelist's account of depression and the struggle to find words to describe it.
Each day this week, the New Statesman website will be hosting a blog exploring mental health issues.
Tanya Gold writes that "motherhood and autonomy can never coexist" - but how does that affect the debate over abortion?
The battle over outsourcing for Suffolk’s community health services in Sudbury is a warning for the rest of the country - the future of the NHS is going to be fragmented.
On middle class exceptionalism and why despite his intervention in the Independent, Andrew Wakefield is still wrong.
The Lancet is leading with a series of articles on health inequalities in Europe, and while the series as a whole is fascinating, there was one chart in particular which stood out for me, in the article "Health and health systems in the Commonwealth of Independent States":
Young women from BME backgrounds are discovering that there's more to hiking than the white middle class stereotype.
Nicholas Lezard's "Down and Out in London" column.
Nicholas Lezard's "Down and Out" column.
David Livingstone’s life and death in Africa helped mould the Victorian missionary myth of exploration and sparked the Scramble for Africa. Yet he was never a typical imperialist and he left a powerfully charitable legacy.
Universal healthcare is the least citizens should expect. To make the NHS better for patients, politicians, press and public alike need to cultivate a healthly scepticism towards it, not give it unlimited adulation.
There are interesting parallels between the Francis report and the Macpherson inquiry report into the death of the black teenager Stephen Lawrence.
Hospital staff and managers should be prosecuted if patients are harmed as a result of poor care, inquiry finds.
. . . and the Jeremy Hunt coconut shy went down a storm.
Existing policy in the UK is rooted in the false assumption that if you make something illegal, people will stop doing it.
To cut this well-performing hospital would be to reward failure and punish success.
Wrinkled wet fingers belong in the bigger evolutionary picture, scientists reveal.
Medicalising natural and normal responses to life experiences is a dangerous game.
Ill-informed opinions rather than facts have shaped the public debate about drugs and their effects, and for far too long, argues David Nutt.
A dialogue between Archbishop Rowan Williams and Michel Sidibé of UNAIDS for World Aids Day.
Jonathan Derbyshire on the pioneering social and political theorist who did more than most to bring about the ideals of the Beveridge report.
A vocal minority is attempting to influence the political mandate on sexual health.
The assumption that women are too fragile to fart just upholds an expectation that women are mostly decorative.
An interview with the award-winning scientist who has fought salmonella for fifteen years.
The ABPI responds to Ben Goldacre's book Bad Pharma.
Many doctors turn their nose up at the art of communication, viewing it as potentially soft medicine.
Pornhub has a pink ribbon.
Research shows that the BBC failed to report the objections to the legislation found in other media outlets.