Dr Laurence Knott

Dr Laurence Knott

BSc (Hons) (Biochemistry), MB BS

Qualified 1973. 37 years experience in general practice. Medical author who has contributed to many lay and professional publications. Particularly interested in converting medical terminology into information comprehensive to non-medical readers. Clinical complaints adviser to the Medical Defence Union. External professional adviser to the Health Service Ombudsman. Extensive medicolegal practice specialising in clinical negligence. Listed on the National Crime Database, advising police forces and the Crown Prosecution Service on medicolegal aspects of criminal cases. Erstwhile GP medical adviser to the Guillain-Barré & Associated Inflammatory Neuropathies charity, now member and ex-patient.

Recent articles

What it means when you constantly need to burp

What it means when you constantly need to burp Feature

Burping is a necessary (and often very entertaining) quirk of the human body. But if belching becomes excessive or accompanies painful symptoms, it could be time to …

What causes extremely smelly farts?

What causes extremely smelly farts? Feature

Few human activities create as much hilarity as farting. But unfortunately, the culprit doesn't always find the situation quite as amusing. And when farting is …

Why you constantly need to pee

Why you constantly need to pee Feature

Wouldn't it be great if all problems could be solved with a one-off course of treatment? Life, unfortunately, isn't like that. Some conditions last for years, or even …

What your swollen glands could mean

What your swollen glands could mean Feature

Oh how I remember the joy of swollen glands.  "Me glands are up again, Mum", I would proudly announce. I would wake up in the morning, and straightaway could feel that …

Gullibility Health Information

Gullibility is a much maligned illness. Without it we wouldn't have Father Christmas, the Easter Bunny or the Tooth Fairy. On the other hand, we wouldn't have PPI, …