Previous Articles

Below is a list of feature articles that have previously appeared on the Oxford Medicine Online homepage. These cover a wide range of topics, and are written by some of the leading thinkers in their fields. Please browse with the links below and do keep checking back as new articles are added here regularly.

2019 Articles:
International Support During Disease Outbreaks

Improving humanism in medicine while balancing technological advances

The Ethos of Palliative Nursing

Which type of epidemiological study?

Why psychopharmacology practice is poor, and how it can be improved

Lupus Nephritis (extract)

Food and Water Precautions (extract)

Specific drugs with a high risk of clinically important interactions (extract)

Cancer's Place in Nature

What Everyone Should Know About Concussion

The Life of Dr. Albert Rhoton

Stroke Systems of Care

Older articles:

Head vs Heart: The Ethics of Organ Donation 

The brain cancer patient experience – why is it so hard to get right? by Helen Bulbeck

The State of the Art(s) in Medicine by Allan D. Peterkin and Anna Skorzewska

Introducing ESC CardioMed by A. John Camm, Thomas F. Lüscher, Gerald Maurer, and Patrick W. Serruys

Monoclonal CGRP antibodies in migraine therapy by Dr Thomas N. Ward

Measles and the hesitancy to vaccinate by Dr Bruce Lubotsky Levin, Dr Ardis Hanson, and Dr Peter D. Hurd

The role of social marketing in public health by Professor Jeff French

Medicus Incomprehensibilis – Writing in Plain English by Oscar Linares, David Daly, and Gertrude Daly

Women and Medicine by Dr Shanthi Mendis 

Better method breeds better science by Dr Aina Puce

Advance care planning: definitions and recommendations for its use by Judith Rietjens and Ida Korfage 

The mind-body connection by Dr. Laura Allison

Clinical Psychosomatic Obstetrics & Gynaecology: beyond superficial diagnosis by Dr Mira Lal

Tropical Medicine – the global issue by Dr Philippa C. Matthews

Understanding disease through gut microbiome by Aly Cohen MD, FACR

‘Fake results’ in scientific studies by Dr Huw Llewelyn

Women’s Neurology by Dr Mary Angela O'Neal

Addictive disorders and their nature by Professor Saunders

Ireland’s first successful bone marrow transplant by Professor McCann

Communication in cancer care by Dr Carma L. Bylund 

Handling “wicked” environmental hazards and the risk to health by Dr Alex Stewart

Tissue regenerative and xenograft biotherapy: helping surgeons to save lives, and limbs by Dr Abdullah Jibawi

A Focus On: The Next Generation of HIV/AIDS Awareness by Perry N. Halkitsis

A Focus On: The Changing Research Agenda of Pediatric Geneticist in the Post-Genomic Era by Robert P. Erickson

Olympian pressure by Dr. Alan Currie

A Focus On: Brain Health, Metabolism and Homeostatis by Susan Masino

A Focus On: Perioperative Safety Quality and Safety by Keith Ruskin

A Focus On: Historical Lessons for Modern Medicine by Edward Scarth

A Focus On: An inclusive approach to mental health by Michelle Maiese

A Focus On: Behavioural Addiction by Nancy M. Petry

A Focus On: Mental Health by Patrick Callaghan, Professor Mental Health Nursing

A Focus On: Cancer Care by Nicola Wilson, Senior Commissioning Editor, Medical books

A Focus On: 50 years of the Contemporary Neurology Series by Craig Panner, Associate Editorial Director, U.S Medicine books

A Focus On: Transplant Anaesthesia and Critical Care by Ernesto A. Pretto, Jr., Professor and Chief, Division of Transplant and Vascular Anesthesia, Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative Medicine and Pain Management, Miami Transplant Institute, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine/Jackson Memorial Hospital, USA

A Focus On: Treatment of Pharmacoresistant Epilepsy by Jerome Engel, Jr., MD, PhD, Jonathan Sinay Distinguished Professor of Neurology, Neurobiology, and Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences Director, UCLA Seizure Disorder Center David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, 710 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA

A Focus On: The Complex Chronic Pain Patient by Edgar L. Ross, MD is Director of the Pain Management Center and Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and Pain Management, Harvard Medical School, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

A Focus On: The Importance of Continuing Professional Development in Medicine by Dr Jeremy Langton is the Editor-in-Chief of BJA Education, Consultant Anaesthetist and Associate Professor in Anaesthesia, Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry, and sits on the board of the BJA. 

A Focus On: Preventive Cardiology by Massimo F Piepoli, Heart Failure Unit, Cardiac Dept, Guglielmo da Saliceto Polichirurgico Hospital; Stephan Gielen is with the Heart Centre, University of Leipzig, Germany; Professor Guy De Backer, Division of Cardiology, University of Ghent, Belgium; Professor David Wood, National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College, London, UK

A Focus On: Hedonic Eating by Dr Nicole Avena, Research Neuroscientist, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, USA by Dr. Jeremy Langton

A Focus On: The Role of Diet in Multiple Sclerosis by Kathy Costello, Associate Vice-President of Clinical Care at the National MS Society and  Rosalind Kalb, Vice President of Clinical Care at the National MS Society.

A Focus On: Psychiatry – Psychology, not Medicine? by Mick Power, Clinical Psychologist, Rivers Centre, Royal Edinburgh Hospital.

A Focus On: Correctional Psychiatry by Robert L. Trestman, Professor of Medicine, Psychiatry and Nursing and UCONN.

A Focus On: Evidence-Based Psychiatry by Mona Gupta Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Montreal.

A Focus On: Psychiatric Validity by Drozdstoj Stoyanov, Full Professor at Medical University on Plodiv, Honorary Lecturer at Sofia University, Bulgaria.

A Focus On: Rheumatoid Arthritis by Dr Richard A Watts, MA, DM, FRCP, Consultant Rheumatologist, Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust, Ipswich, UK, and Honorary Senior Lecturer, Norwich Medical School, Norwich, UK.

A Focus On: The Controversy of Juvenile Bipolar Disorder by Lloyd Wells, M.D., Ph.D., Emeritus Consultant in Psychiatry, and Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry and Psychology, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, Minnesota, USA.

A Focus On: Heart Failure by Roy S Gardner, Consultant Cardiologist, Scottish National Advanced Heart Failure Service, Golden Jubilee National Hospital, Clydebank, Scotland, UK

A Focus On: Ebola by Alexander van Tulleken, Helen Hamlyn Senior Fellow, Fordham Univeristy, New York, USA

A Focus On: Addiction by Lubomira Radoilska, Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, UK, and Affiliated Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK

A Focus On: Forensic Psychiatry and the Expert Witness by Kenneth J. Weiss, Clinical Professor or Psychiatry at University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA

A Focus On: The Breast Multidisciplinary Team by James Harvey, consultant oncoplastic breast surgeon, Nightingale Centre, UHSM, Manchester, UK; Sue Down is consultant breast surgeon, James Paget Hospital, Great Yarmouth, UK; Rachel Bright-Thomas is consultant breast and reconstructive surgeon, Worcestershire Royal Hospital, Worcester, UK; John Winstanley is consultant surgeon emeritus and Hugh Bishop is consultant surgeon emeritus, both at the Royal Bolton Hospital, Farnworth, Bolton, UK.

A Focus On: Seizures and Epilepsy by Jerome Engel, Jr., MD, PHD, Director of the Seizure Disorder Center, and the Jonathan Sinay Distinguished Professor of Neurology, Neurobiology, and Psychiatric and Biobehavioral Sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, USA.

A Focus On: Gender differences in heart rhythm management by Joseph G. Murphy - Professor of Medicine, College of Medicine, and Consultant, Division of Cardiovascular Diseases, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, USA, and Margaret A. Lloyd - Assistant Professor of Medicine, College of Medicine, and Consultant, Division of Cardiovascular Diseases, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota

A Focus On: Quality and safety in radiology by Michael A. Bruno, MD, FCAR, Associate Professor of Radiologoy and Medicine, and Director of Quality Services and Patient Safety, Department of Radiology, Penn State Hershey College of Medicine, Hershey, Pennsylvania, USA 

A Focus On: Modern therapy of unstable angina - invasive vs. conservative management by Demosthenes G. Katritsis, Director, Department of Cardiology, Athens Euroclinic, Greece, and Honorary Consultant Cardiologist, St Thomas' Hospital, London, UK. 

A Focus On: Blood Transfusion in Gastrointestinal Bleeding, by Dr. Vipul Jairath, NIHR Clinical Lecturer, Nuffield Department of Medicine, University of Oxford, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, UK

A Focus On: Pain, by Chad M. Brummett, MD., Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA, and Steven P. Cohen, M.D., Professor, Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, USA/Professor of Anesthesiology, Water Reed National Military Medical Center, Colonel, US Army Reserve

A Focus On: Transforming Diagnostics: Interpreting the DSM-5, by Joel Paris, M. D., Professor, Department of Psychiatry, McGill University, Canada

A Focus On: World Heart Day

A Focus On: Neural Microcircuits by Dr. Gordon M. Shepherd, MD, DPhil, Department of Neurobiology, Yale University School of Medicine

A Focus On: The Computer and the Clinician, by Judith G. Hall, OC, MD, Professor Emerita, Departments of Pediatrics and Medical Genetics, University of British Columbia

A Focus On: Myocardial Deformation Imaging, by Paul Leeson, Consultant Cardiologist, John Radcliffe Hospital and BHF Senior Research Fellow, University of Oxford

A Focus On: Cancer in Developing Countries, by David Kerr, CBE FRCP DMEDSCI, Professor of Cancer Medicine, University of Oxford

A Focus On: Diagnosing Pulmonary Embolism in Pregnancy, by MJ Darby, Consultant Radiologist, Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust, Leeds, UK

A Focus On: The Art and Science of Clinical Neurology, by Martin A. Samuels, M.D, Department of Neurology, Brigham & Women's Hospital, Boston, MA, USA