GP Tips

Dr Justin Coleman came up with the concept of a ‘handy hints’ column for General Practitioners and approached Medical Observer in 1998. He ran a weekly column for 13 years (1999-2011), by which time he had published 650 tips. Approximately 300 doctors had contributed tips to the column.

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The Medical Observer started running his tips column again in 2016. Justin regularly gives tips presentations to GP groups around Australia.

A typical Medical Observer tips column looks like this:

3 Responses to GP Tips

  1. having a 1cm keratosis cut out for cosmetic reason near temple. Could this be used by surgeon instead of sutures?

  2. Thanks Justin. It turned out I didn’t need the surgery. I was dosing it with Tea tree oil just as an experiment as it seemed to make it dry and I didn’t want it to keep spreading. After a few weeks it peeled off with some non medical assistance. I was a bit worried as I thought it may not heal but the skin underneath was inflamed but intact. Went on to smoothing over and the redness went away. I wasn’t expecting this result. I am not usually into home/alternative remedies as they are usually rubbish and possibly dangerous. I was a little embarrassed to have to say to the plastic surgeon that it had disappeared. He had seen it and saw how prominent it was. I wish that I had taken pics of before and after. Not suggesting people should lash it onto blemishes . Maybe I got lucky and I knew it was not a cancer. Cheers John

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