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Statement: The Ulster Medical Journal is an international general medical journal with contributions on all areas of medical and surgical specialties relevant to a general medical readership. It retains a focus on material relevant to the health of the Northern Ireland population. The Honorary Editor would welcome offers of papers for publication. Prospective authors are invited to read the notice to contributors.

The Ulster Medical Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics and subscribes to its principles.

Disclaimer: The Ulster Medical Journal is owned and published by The Ulster Medical Society, itself founded in 1862 by the amalgamation of the Belfast Medical Society (founded 1806) and the Belfast Clinical and Pathological Society (founded 1853). The owner grants editorial freedom to the Editor of the Ulster Medical Journal. The Ulster Medical Journal follows guidelines on editorial independence produced by the World Association of Medical Editors, and the code of good practice of the Committee On Publication Ethics.

Copyright: © 2017 Ulster Medical Society. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise without the prior permission of the Ulster Medical Society.

Production: The journal is published in January, May and September, by the Ulster Medical Society, and typeset and printed in the UK by Dorman and Sons Ltd, Belfast. Costs for institutional and personal subscriptions are shown on the Journal Subscription page.

Online Availability: Recent articles may be downloaded from the issues page where an index for Volumes 1 to 64 is also available. Older articles may be downloaded from the PubMed Central website.

Contact Details: All submissions and editorial correspondence with the exception of Curiositas items should be addressed to the Editor. Curiositas correspondence should be directed to the Curiositas Editor through the contact email address on the Curiositas page. All other correspondence should be addressed to the Editorial Office. Editorial postal and email addresses, and telephone number are on the Journal Contacts page.


Honorary EditorJohn Purvis (Londonderry, UK)
Honorary Assistant EditorRoy AJ Spence (Belfast, UK)
Section EditorsCuriositas: Gerry Gormley
Gamechangers: Nicholas Cromie
Continuing Medical Education: Gerry Hanna
Editorial BoardMugilan Anandarajan (Belfast, UK)
Timothy Beringer (Belfast, UK)
Ian Bickle (Brunei)
Barry Clements (Belfast, UK)
Janitha Costa, (Belfast, UK)
Nick Cromie (Belfast, UK)
Peter Crookes (California, USA)
David J Eedy (Craigavon, UK)
Gerry Gormley (Belfast, UK)
Paul Hamilton (Belfast, UK)
Gerry Hanna (Belfast, UK)
John Hedley-Whyte (Harvard, USA)
Joe Houghton (Belfast, UK)
Andrew McIvor (Hamilton, Ontario)
Gail McLachlan, (Junior Medical Representative)
A Peter Maxwell (Belfast, UK)
David Mills (Belfast, UK)
John E Moore (Belfast, UK)
Anthony O'Neill (Belfast, UK)
Peter Stanton (Hobart, Tasmania)
Benjamin Tharian (Arkansas, USA)
Michael Trimble (Belfast, UK)
Honorary TreasurerKienan Savage
Honorary Assistant Treasurer   Fiona J Stewart
Sub-EditorMary Crickard
Editorial AssistantKathy Clarke
Book Reviews Editor Roy AJ Spence