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Dr. Ian Banks

Ian Banks was born in Liverpool in 1950 and graduated as a doctor in 1987, having worked as a television engineer, teacher and medical researcher before deciding to study medicine. He is contributing editor and resident doctor for Men's Health magazine, and a columnist on health issues for Doctor, Hospital Doctor, the Irish Medical Times, the Belfast Telegraph and Northern Woman. His frequent contributions to and broadcasts on television and radio include The Trouble with Men (BBC, 1996), The Pulse (Channel 4, 1995), The Good Sex Guide Late (Carlton, 1996) and Ask Dr Ian for BBC Radio Ulster. He is the author of The Trouble with Men (which accompanied the BBC series) and Get Fit with Brittas (BBC, 1997). He is a member of the Permanent Working Group of European Hospital Doctors. He represents all United Kingdom general practitioners for the British Medical Association as well as chairing the Men's Health Working Group; he also chairs the Men's Health Forum, in association with the Royal College of Nurses. Within this busy schedule, he continues to practise part-time as a casualty doctor and general practitioner.

Ian Banks lives in Northern Ireland with his wife and four children.


Dr. Paul Stillman

Dr. Paul Stillman is a principal in General Practice in Crawley, Sussex. Educated at Bristol and then London Universities, he became a Trainer in General Practice with the British Postgraduate Medical Federation and subsequently a Course Organiser with a special responsibility for the use of Television. He was a Consultant Producer and Presenter to British Medical Television, a course organiser in vocational training for general practitioners and has worked widely in broadcast radio and television. He has been Consultant Adviser to a College of Continuing Medical Education and Chairman of the Association of Broadcasting Doctors. He also works as a consultant to Medialink International producing broadcast television throughout the UK and Europe and teaches communication skills with the British Postgraduate Medical Federation. He is currently a partner in the Audio Business, producing programmes for both doctors and related professionals, and the founder of Media Medics, a group of over 250 doctors involved in all aspects of the media.

Dr. Stillman has written widely for pharmacists and their role in the clinical management of illness, and lectured for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society. He has a keen interest in health education, and the ways by which medical information reach the public.


Alan Nathan

Alan Nathan, BPharm BA FRPharmS, is a Pharmacist by training and an expert in non-prescription (over-the-counter) medicines.

He has 25 years of experience as a community (retail) pharmacist, and owned and ran his own pharmacies for 15 years. In 1989 Alan switched from community practice into academia, and was a Lecturer in Community Pharmacy Practice in the Department of Pharmacy, King's College London. He retired from this post in 2004 and now works as a free-lance writer and pharmacy consultant. Alan was a member of the Council of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society from 1986 to 2002, and was awarded Fellowship of the Society in 1997.

Alan is a well-known pharmaceutical journalist and technical writer, and a consultant on community pharmacy matters, particularly OTC medicines and legal, ethical administrative matters relating to pharmacy. He writes regularly for leading pharmacy periodicals including the Pharmaceutical Journal, Chemist and Druggist and Community Pharmacy. He is a member of the editorial board of Pharmacy Magazine, Prescribing Nurse and You and Your Health. Alan has written the only textbook on UK OTC medicines: Non-Prescription Medicines, London: Pharmaceutical Press; it is currently in its 2nd edition and the 3rd edition is due in 2005. Alan also had a feature under his by-line, entitled Handbag Pharmacy, in the national monthly women's magazine Eve, and has also contributed features and advice to Men's Health magazine.

Alan also has an interest in support for pharmacists under stress, and developed and oversees the running of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society's Listening Friends stress help scheme for pharmacists.

Alan also has a degree in Spanish and has taught in the Spanish Department of King's College London.

Alan has been married to Brenda for 40 years, and has two daughters and six grandchildren.

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