Links

On this page you will find links to sources of medical information that you might find helpful. I regularly use many of these sites, but I cannot be responsible for their content. Add some text at the end of this sentence.

DERMATOLOGY

The British Association of Dermatologists is the specialist professional association in the UK . Their website has useful information on many skin disorders. Some sections of the web site can only be accessed by members of the association.

www.bad.org.uk , and then click on the link “Patient Information and Leaflets”

The website of the New Zealand Dermatology Society is renowned worldwide as the best source of patient information, clearly written and well illustrated

www.dermnetnz.org

For a transatlantic viewpoint, try the website of the American Academy of Dermatology

www.aad.org

Another form of skin treatment with may be of interest is the Blue Lagoon in Iceland : I have visited it and it is certainly one of the wonders of the world

www.bluelagoon.com

While I’m talking about travel, another site (both geographical and web) is the Dead Sea in Israel ; again it is a place that I have visited; patient with chronic skin disorders travel there from all over the world. Some of my patient have certainly benefited.

www.dead-sea.net

One that I can’t vouch for is Kangal in Turkey , where patients bath in waters in which the fish are supposed to have healing properties; one of my patients has visited, and thought that it was amazing

www.psoriasisfishcure.com

DERMATOLOGY IN PRACTICE

For the last 12 years I have been involved with an excellent educational magazine circulated to GPs interested in dermatology, called “Dermatology in Practice”

You can read many of the articles on line at

www.dermatologyinpractice.co.uk

If you are a doctor or a nurse interested in dermatology, you can receive the magazine free.

DRUGS AND MEDICINES

If you want information about drugs and medicines, do what your doctor does and look in the British National Formulary

www.bnf.org

Please note that you do have to register to use this site

Another source of information about medications, etc is the electronic version of MIMS

www.emims.net

For news stories on health related matters, and quite a lot of useful information

www.bbc.co.uk/health

SKIN CANCER

Do you have skin cancer? Did you serve overseas in the British Armed Forces. I have assisted a number of ex-servicemen in obtaining pension payments through the Veterans Agency. And did you know that war pensioners are entitled to priority treatment on the NHS?

Contact the Veterans Agency at

www.veterans-uk.info

If you are a dermatologist or a GP you also ought to be aware of the assistance to which your patients may be entitled

INFECTIOUS DISEASE

If you want the latest authorative information on public health issues, and especially infectious diseases use the web site of the Centers (sorry about the American spelling) for Disease Control and Prevention www.cdc.gov

For up-to-date travel information the Foreign and Commonwealth Office web site gives country by country information- but once you’ve read it you’ll probably want to stay at home

www.fco.gov.uk

RIP OFFS AND CON-ARTISTS

If you are worried about alternative medicine, look in Quackwatch, a website which you will find quite an eye-opener

www.quackwatch.org

Please note that this site is mainly directed at an American audience and isn’t the most user-friendly one I’ve ever come across, but it’s worth it!

RESEARCH

The easiest way to get access to the latest scientific papers on medical subjects is to use the on-line library of the National Centre for Biotechnology Information. This gives you access to their unique search engine called Pub-Med; it’s what doctors use if they really want to look things up in detail. Some of the stuff may be a little complex for the non-specialist reader and it takes a bit of time to learn how to search in a useful way, but whatever you want to know, the answer is there!

www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

This same site also gives you access to another amazing resource called OMIM. If you want to find anything about genetic disorders, it’s here (OMIM stands for online Mendelian Inheritance in Man). Again, some of the information is a bit complex, but if you or a relative have been diagnosed with some rare genetic condition that your GP has never heard of, look here.

Again the web site is www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov (and then follow the links)

My own research connections are with Cranfield University , a world centre for research in biotechnology. To see what is going on try www.cranfield.ac.uk

The major UK charity supporting research into skin disease is the British Skin Foundation. Their web site is

www.britishskinfoundation.org.uk

BOOKS

If you are a medical student, a GP or just interested in dermatology, then in my opinion the best book on the subject is by Richard Ashton and Barbara Leppard “Differential Diagnosis in Dermatology”(2004). They have a companion book “Treatment in Dermatology” which is also excellent, but was last edition was 1995, so there may be some topics that are slightly out of date.

Both can be purchased on

www.amazon.co.uk

The definitive textbook of dermatology is

Rook’s Textbook of Dermatology (7 th edition); if the answer isn’t in Rook, it probably isn’t known. But beware- it’s four very heavyweight volumes and costs about £500

Finally, LASERS

Lasers are one of my special interests, and I have looked long and hard for a really helpful informative honest site.

I haven’t found one yet, and I am going to put some basic information on this site, but all I can say at the moment is to advise that you are very cautious in how you interpret material about Laser treatment that you find on the web.