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I am Dr Doug Jenkinson, a recently (June 2011) retired family doctor in England who has studied whooping cough in the general population for over 35 years.   I qualified at Liverpool Medical School in 1967. I worked in hospitals in England and Zambia until 1974 when I joined a General Medical Practice in Nottingham. I was a lecturer in General Practice at Nottingham Medical School 1979-94 and I was awarded a doctorate for my work on whooping cough by the University of Nottingham in 1996.  I have researched and written extensively on this subject and others in medical journals and books.  I worked in a UK General Medical Practice from 1974 to 2011. In this practice I personally studied over 700 cases of whooping cough, and my special expertise is in the clinical diagnosis of this condition which most doctors have difficulty diagnosing. 

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If you have a questions about whooping cough you think I can answer please email me.

My professional qualifications and status
Douglas Jenkinson MB ChB DM FRCGP DObstRCOG DCH
I am now retired from active medical practice.  I am registered with the General Medical Council of the United Kingdom, number 0396235.

My published work on whooping cough includes the following most relevant papers

  • Outbreak of whooping cough in general practice.  Jenkinson D.  Br Med J 1978;277:896.  

  • Whooping cough: what proportion of cases is notified in an epidemic? Jenkinson D. Br Med J 1983;287:185-6.

  • A search for subclinical infection during a small outbreak of whooping  cough: implications  for  clinical diagnosis. Jenkinson D, Pepper JD. J R Coll Gen Pract 1986;36:547-8.

  • Duration of effectiveness of pertussis vaccine: evidence from a ten year community study. Jenkinson D. Br Med J 1988;296:612-4.

  • Natural course of 500 consecutive cases of whooping cough: a general practice population study. Jenkinson D. Br Med J 1995;310,299-302.'

  • Increase in pertussis may be due to increased recognition and diagnosis. Jenkinson D. BMJ 2012;345;e5463  

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Click here to read the original paper on the natural course of whooping cough (1995)