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Illustrating health inequalities in Glasgow
  1. G McCartney
  1. Correspondence to Dr Gerry McCartney, NHS Health Scotland, Elphinstone House, 65 West Regent Street, Glasgow, Scotland, UK; gmccartney{at}

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The stark health inequalities in Glasgow are demonstrated by the drop in life expectancy of 2.0 years for men and 1.2 years for women for each station on the railway line between Jordanhill and Bridgeton (more than double the equivalent inequality along London's Jubilee underground line from Westminster to Canning Town) (Figure 1).

Figure 1

Life expectancy differences between areas six railway stations apart in Glasgow.


Thanks are extended to the London Health Observatory for the inspiration for the idea to use a travel map for this purpose and to Strathclyde Partnership for Transport who allowed their travel map to be adapted.

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