Keywords in Dermatology and Genitourinary Medicine

The physician specialty of "dermato-venereology" (DV) embraces dermatology (skin health) and venereology* (male and female sexual health and HIV medicine). Venereology is also called genitourinary medicine (sexual health and HIV medicine). The reasons behind the combination are that a number of patients with sexually transmitted infections may first present or be referred to the dermatologist and a number of patients with skin conditions may first present or be referred to the venereologist. In the UK, surgical andrology (surgical aspects of male health) is part of the surgical specialty of urology (uro-andrology), and genitourinary medicine is separate from dermatology.

In this blog I write about activities, topics and events that interest me and present articles studded with keywords on some topics in the fields of dermatology and genitourinary medicine. Keywords tell you about the main ideas of a topic and they are meant for rapid reference. They appear in red on my blog. Apart from the main works of reference list, other references appear as asterisks in the topic text. The text is supplemented with photos and/or links (light blue but turn into orange after clicking) to relevant photos and other material on free access websites such as the DermNet New Zealand*.

I declare any conflicts of interest whenever appropriate and I make sure that my conduct justifies the patients' trust in me and the public's trust in the profession. Patient's/carer's prior consent is always ascertained whenever relevant.

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*Venery, Latin: Sexual love/coitus

Amr Gohar FRCP Glasgow UK

Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Glasgow in good standing

Royal College Clinical Educator 

Consultant in Dermatology and Genitourinary Medicine 


Main Works of Reference List (The first eight are my top favourites)

  • British National Formulary
  • British National Formulary for Children
  • Guidelines (BAD - BASHH - BHIVA - Uroweb)
  • Oxford Handbook of Genitourinary Medicine, HIV, and Sexual Health
  • Oxford Handbook of Medical Dermatology
  • Rook's Textbook of Dermatology
  • Simple Skin Surgery
  • Weedon's Skin Pathology
  • A Concise Atlas of Dermatopathology (P Mckee)
  • Andrews' Diseases of the Skin
  • Andrology (Nieschlag E FRCP, Behre M and Nieschlag S)
  • Bailey and Love's Short Practice of Surgery
  • Davidson's Essentials of Medicine
  • Davidson's Principles and Practice of Medicine
  • Fitzpatrick's Colour Atlas and Synopsis of Clinical Dermatology (Klaus Wolff FRCP and Richard Allen Johnson)
  • Fitzpatrick’s Dermatology in General Medicine
  • Ganong's Review of Medical Physiology
  • Gray's Anatomy
  • Hamilton Bailey's Demonstrations of Physical Signs in Clinical Surgery
  • Hutchison's Clinical Methods
  • Lever's Histopathology of the Skin
  • Lever's Histopathology of the Skin (Atlas and Synopsis)
  • Macleod's Clinical Examination
  • Martindale: The Complete Drug Reference
  • Oxford Handbook of Clinical Examination and Practical Skills
  • Oxford Textbook of Medicine
  • Practical Dermatopathology (R Rapini)
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases (Holmes K et al)
  • Statistics in Clinical Practice (D Coggon FRCP)
  • Stockley's Drug Interactions
  • Treatment of Skin Disease: Comprehensive Therapeutic Strategies
  • Yen & Jaffe's Reproductive Endocrinology