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Illness: Psychosomatic and Physical

Tom Sutcliffe discusses health and wellbeing with guests Suzanne O'Sullivan, Gavin Francis, Hugh Aldersey-Williams and Charlie Howard.

Tom Sutcliffe explores health and well-being from the musings of a 17th century doctor to the latest research into psychosomatic illness. The GP, Gavin Francis celebrates the marvels of the human body while Hugh Aldersey-Williams looks back at the life of the celebrated and ever-curious doctor Sir Thomas Browne. The consultant neurologist Suzanne O'Sullivan accepts that telling a patient 'it's all in your head' is unhelpful, but how do you treat those whose symptoms are medically unexplained, and may well have an emotional cause? Charlie Howard runs a youth mental health charity which takes the health professionals out of the clinic and onto the streets, and involves young people at all levels of diagnosis and treatment.

Producer: Katy Hickman.

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43 minutes

Gavin Francis

Gavin Francis is a GP and writer.

Adventures in Human Being is published by Profile Books in association with Wellcome Collection.

Hugh Aldersey-Williams

Hugh Aldersey-Williams is a writer and curator.

The Adventures of Sir Thomas Browne in the 21st Century is published by Granta.

Suzanne O'Sullivan

Suzanne O’Sullivan is a consultant neurologist.

It’s All in Your Head: True Stories of Imaginary Illness is published by Chatto & Windus.

Charlie Howard

Charlie Howard is a clinical psychologist.

In 2008 she founded MAC-UK in partnership with a group of young people who’d been affected by gangs.


Role Contributor
Presenter Tom Sutcliffe
Interviewed Guest Suzanne O'Sullivan
Interviewed Guest Gavin Francis
Interviewed Guest Hugh Aldersey-Williams
Interviewed Guest Charlie Howard
Producer Katy Hickman


  • Mon 8 Jun 2015 09:00
  • Mon 8 Jun 2015 21:30