Thursday, 25 February 2010


ePlasty is a open access journal of plastic surgery. It has been going a few years and has started to attract more articles. Check it out here.

Monday, 15 February 2010

Guinea Pig Books

There have been many books written about the Guinea Pig Club and Sir Archibald McIndoe. Below is a selection. I am currently working my way through The Last Enemy. An Oxford GP at the Osler Club recommended 'I burned my fingers'. Just ordered it - £1.50 on Amazon. Bargin.

Best Foot Forward, Colin Hodgkinson Corgi Books, 1978 + Odhams 1957
Faces from the fire, L Mosley Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 1962
I burned my fingers, William Simpson Putnam Books, 1955
I had a row with a German, RAF Casualty MacMillan & Co Ltd, 1941
McIndoe's Army, Peter Williams + Ted Harrison Pelham Books Ltd, 1979
McIndoe Plastic Surgeon, H McLeave Frederick Muller Ltd, 1961
One of our pilots is safe, William Simpson Hamish Hamilton, 1942
Tale of a Guinea Pig, Geoffrey Page Pelham Books Ltd, 1981 + Corgi Books, 1983
The Guinea Pig Club, Edward Bishop MacMillan & Co Ltd, 1963
The Last Enemy, Richard Hillary MacMillan & Co Ltd, 1942
The way to recovery, William Simpson Hamish Hamilton, 1944

Can deceiving patients be morally acceptable?

I went to the Osler Club at the RCP last week expecting to hear Iain Hutchison speak on 'What is a surgeon in the 21st century?'. He didn't turn up and so Dr. Daniel Sokol stepped in. He gave an excellent talk on truth telling in medicine. Is it acceptable to lie to or deceive patients? The answer is: sometimes. For those of you unsure of when to deceive your patients he has published a very helpful flow chart in the BMJ! Check it out here.

He presented some cases, one of which was surgical. I was the only surgeon in the room and seemed to take an opposing view everyone else. The average age of the audience was somewhere over 60 years which probably explained the paternalistic views of those present.

Danial Sokol writes as 'Ethics Man' in the BMJ. A collection of his musings are available on his website.

For those of you interested in the history of medicine the Osler Club is worth exploring. The website is terrible but the dinners are good.

Wednesday, 3 February 2010

Emergency Management of Burns Surgery (EMSB)

The Emergency Management of Severe Burns (EMSB) is an excellent and essential course for all plastic surgery trainees. More information about it can be found on the British Burn Association website.

At the weekend I'm going to be going through the basics of burns surgery at the Undergraduate Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery Conference at Imperial College. I think it is sold out but check the website.

Other burns resources include