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The medical selfie

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 24 July 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h3145
  1. Arunava Ray, orthopaedic registrar,
  2. Annabel Diane Scott, dermatology registrar,
  3. Dariush Nikkhah, plastic surgery registrar,
  4. Baljit S Dheansa, consultant plastic surgeon
  1. 1Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead, UK
  1. arunray{at}

“Selfie,” the 2013 word of the year according to Oxford Dictionaries, denotes a photograph taken of oneself with either a smartphone or a webcam ( The latest craze of selfies among the wider population has come under some criticism, with perpetrators labelled “narcissists” or the craze seen as yet another teenage fad.1

We, unlike many of our patients, have been reticent in the uptake of rapidly evolving technology within the NHS; none more so than using “clinical photography” to aid in understanding the dynamic nature of disease processes. …

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