J Epidemiol Community Health 65:947-948 doi:10.1136/jech-2011-200575
  • Editorial

We must move on: taking stock (yet again) of the evidence for socio-economic differentials in health

  1. G David Batty, Deputy Editor1,2
  1. 1Department of Epidemiology & Public Health, University College London, London, UK
  2. 2Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology, Department of Psychology, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK
  1. Correspondence to David Batty, Wellcome Trust Fellow, Department of Epidemiology & Public Health, University College London, 1-19 Torrington Place, London WC1E 6BT, UK; david.batty{at}

While working in Scandinavia for a year during my first spell of economic migrancy, I was told by locals that the Danish calendar had 14 months owing to the recurrent “November, November, November”—an indication of the inevitably damp, cold and prolonged Copenhagen winter characterised by the desertion of all but the most hardened of drinkers from the hostelries and coffee shops of this picturesque city. No such bleak offerings in this, the penultimate issue for 2011 of the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health however, where we present the same eclectic collection of reports that have come to define the journal since its inception as the British Journal of Social Medicine in 1947. Divided into three invariably overlapping themes—ageing,1–5 lifecourse,6–12 cancer13–16—this trichotomy of content is rather arbitrary on occasion but serves to make sense of our particular branch of science which, like all others, is increasingly voluminous to the point of overwhelming. As always, our contributing authors have wide geographical reach, so maintaining the international flavour of the journal. In each of their papers you will find exposures and outcomes that cover the full gamete of …