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May 29, 2012

I interviewed Shah Ebrahim for my feature on predicting and preventing stroke but he was such an interesting guy that we gave him a slot all to himself…

Wellcome Trust Blog

A geriatrician and stroke specialist by training, Professor Shah Ebrahim researches risk factors for cardiovascular disease and has a particular interest in prevention strategies. He splits his time between India and the UK, where he is Professor of Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Michael Regnier went to meet him.

In his office at the London School for Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Professor Shah Ebrahim quotes Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses over a cup of tea: “Paranoia, for the exile, is a prerequisite of survival.”

For Shah, this is an apt description of his own experience of going to live in India. “I’ve become very paranoid,” he admits. “You have to be constantly aware of what’s going on. But to what extent is it actually a safety mechanism to avoid getting into trouble, and at what point does your level of paranoia become a disease?”

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