The plight of the skyscraper wean: public health and the Jeely Piece Song

David M. Shaw*

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In this Chekhov's Corner article, I explore the public health lessons of a famous Scottish folk song. The Jeely Piece Song uses humour to highlight the health inequalities and other challenges facing children in one of Glasgow's new townships in the 1960s, some of which still persist today.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)866-868
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Public Health
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020


  • health geography
  • health inequalities
  • children
  • Glasgow
  • Castlemilk

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