| Historical Perspective: The social determinants of disease – some roots of the movement|
S Leonard Syme
University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health 140 Warren Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720 USA
Epidemiologic Perspectives & Innovations 2005, 2:2
Published 19 April 2005
This is an account of the early days of research on social determinants as I experienced them. I describe my time as one of four Fellows in a new training program in Medical Sociology at Yale University and how I came to be the first Sociologist employed in the U.S. Public Health Service. I then became the first Executive Secretary of a new Study Section at NIH dealing with a small number of research grant proposals in the field of Epidemiology. My account deals with some of my experiences in this developing field, culminating with my appointment as the first Sociologist to become a Professor of Epidemiology in a School of Public Health.