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Perceptions and Deceptions: a personal blog by the editor 3 August 2016

Whistle blowing. What is it? Fascinating discussion with Chris Day, the Junior Doctor in the UK who is challenging the execution of the law in this sensitive area of employment contracts (http://54000doctors.org). More of that later, but just to note,...

Perceptions and Deceptions (A Death in Hong Kong.) 6 December 2016

An evolving essay and insight into Medicine and the Law in contemporary Hong Kong. A girl’s brain was destroyed due to medical negligence. She had entrusted her life to a celebrity cosmetic surgeon who was going to make her breasts...

Perceptions and deceptions: a personal blog by the editor 15 December 2016

A Death in Hong Kong: an evolving essay and insight into medicine and the law in contemporary Hong Kong (part six) I presented my ‘sanitized’ statement to the Hospital Investigation Panel. They had already interviewed Dr David Wong. I discovered...

How I Do It - Laser hair removal: an overview

Laser hair removal is the most performed aesthetic procedure worldwide, with a continuous and increasing demand over the last two decades. It was introduced to the market in the early 1990s and several million procedures have been performed since then....

The future and a summary of the past

From liposuction to adipose stem cells; from regenerative medicine to tissue engineering; and a vision of the future. Part 3 Adipose stem cells There is a major clinical need for strategies that adequately reconstruct the soft tissue defects after deep...

The uses of BTX-A in maxillofacial surgery

Botulinum toxin type A has many uses in maxillofacial surgery. This article will cover its uses in the treatment of Frey’s syndrome, myofascial pain, masseteric muscle hypertrophy and sialorrhoea. Other uses relevant to maxillofacial practice but not covered in this...

Contrasting contemporary plastic surgery training with that in the late 20th century: ‘thirteen years a slave’

The Past Was I a slave? Absolutely not. I loved every minute of my training. I had the choice of career pathway as a young surgeon, but I was hypnotised by enthusiasm and a desire to help people with major...

The use of electrolysis in acne treatment – sebaceous gland ablation

Sebaceous gland ablation (SGA) offers a long-term solution to persistent acne. This is an exciting new treatment which is bringing hope to acne sufferers everywhere. What is acne? Acne is an unsightly skin condition which causes thickening and inflammation of...

Durjoy – the Hong Kong story

I am appending this account to the previous article in order to illustrate how complex the reconstruction can be after an acid assault. Durjoy had acid poured into his mouth by his paternal aunt. It was a matter of inheritance....

Application of substance P as an osteogenitor in mandibular distraction osteogenesis

In this well organised study the authors demonstrate the benefit of use of substance P to improve the quality of bone during mandibular distraction. Substance P is a neuropeptide that is distributed in those sensory nerve fibres that innervate the...

New recombinant human BMP for augmentation of the floor of the maxillary sinus

There has been a recent interest in the use of bone morphogenetic protein-7 (rhBMP-7) to augment the floor of the maxillary sinus. Loss of teeth in the posterior maxilla results in rapid horizontal and vertical reabsortion of alveolar bone because...

Pedicle calcification an uncommon problem

Bony free flap reconstruction of the facial skeleton following ablative surgery is common. Replacement with like for like tissues to reduce morbidity and facilitate rehabilitation is accepted gold standard. Current microvascular flap transfers have success rates in excess of 90%...