Studying medicine is good for your health
- By: Antony D'Angelo
Scientists and medics have a substantially lower risk of mortality, according to new research.
A report by Peter McCarron and colleagues at Queen's University, Belfast claims science and engineering students have the best chances of living a longer, healthier life, followed by medical students, and then those in law and art.
The study, published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, is based on health records from over 8000 men who attended Glasgow University between 1948 and 1968.
The authors of the study came up with several explanations for this variation. One theory is a medical or science degree is more likely than an arts degree to result in permanent employment and good income, which could affect health in later life. Medics were also more likely to come from upper socioeconomic classes themselves--most of them had fathers who were doctors.
Another explanation relates to smoking behaviour. Although medics