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People in Glasgow are more likely than other UK citizens to die prematurely, even when socio-economic deprivation is taken into account. This excess mortality is largely due to problem substance use, suicide and violence: the 'Glasgow Effect'.
There are compelling reasons to believe that experiences in utero and early childhood largely explain the Glasgow Effect through programming of the hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal axis, through learned patterns of attachment to caregivers and through other learned behaviours. Several early indicators of vulnerability can now be identified and doctors should pay attention to them in the same way as they pay attention to blood pressure readings.
Lecture given to the Glasgow Southern Medical Society on Thursday 8th November 2012 by Prof. Phil Wilson, Professor of Primary Care and Rural Health, University of Aberdeen.