Want to improve public health? Reach back 2000 years


We hear frequently about the social determinants of health and disease, but little about what can be done about them. 

But far from being a cause for despair, the insight that a lot of illness in our society derives from the environment we have created should give us enthusiasm to achieve better health generally. 

As US President John F Kennedy famously stated: “Our problems are man-made; therefore they may be solved by man.” 

Social determinants of illness are within our power to modify to our advantage. And while