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Jeremy Laurance

Jeremy Laurance


Jeremy Laurance is a freelance health writer. He was Health Editor of the Independent from 1997 to 2013 and was previously Health Correspondent for the Times and the Sunday Times.

He was named Specialist Writer of the Year in the 2011 British Press Awards and was awarded the President’s Medal of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2012. He is the author of Pure Madness: How fear drives the mental health system (Routledge, 2003).

He has trained science and health journalists in Africa, India and the Caribbean. His landmark series on AIDS prevention in five African countries, published in the Independent to mark World AIDS Day in 2013, was aided by the Gates Foundation.

Jeremy’s stories

  • The people who help you die better

    A network of compassionate volunteers caring for their terminally ill neighbours is allowing more people in Kerala, India, to end their days at peace and at home. Jeremy Laurance meets the man leading the movement.