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

Why do we cry?

Why do we cry? Resource

It was the poet Ella Wheeler Wilcox who wrote:  'Laugh and the world laughs with you, weep and you weep alone.'  This aphorism is only partly true. Although laughing is …

What causes an itchy roof of mouth?

What causes an itchy roof of mouth? Feature

After thirty-odd years in general practice, you think you've seen it all. But the fascination of medicine is that you still occasionally come across something you've …

How to tackle dementia stigma

How to tackle dementia stigma Feature

We talk about sexually transmitted infections quite openly these days. Drug misuse and alcoholism are no longer news, particularly among celebrities. Even cancer - …

What your excessive yawning could mean

What your excessive yawning could mean Feature

When the Rolling Stones sang '(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction', I don't think they were referring to yawning. But we all know how satisfying a good yawn can be. One …

What do kidneys do?

What do kidneys do? Resource

The kidneys clear waste materials from the body and maintain a normal balance of fluids and chemicals in the body. They also help to control your blood pressure, make …