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Klim McPherson: “Feral” epidemiologist with no regrets

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g1578 (Published 19 February 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g1578

In the latest in its series asking the movers and shakers of the medical world about work, life, and less serious matters, the BMJ spoke to Oxford University’s visiting professor of public health epidemiology


Klim McPherson is the man least likely to accept an invitation to lunch at McDonald’s. Visiting professor of public health epidemiology at Oxford and principal author of the 2007 Foresight report into obesity, he has accused the food industry and the free market of following the tobacco industry’s example and being the dominant cause of most long term health problems. His research is in epidemiological methods and women’s health, and he chairs the UK Health Forum, having previously chaired the British …

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