Something I’ve wanted to do for a long time is create a world map of all the major centers or points of interest for eczema patients, doctors and scientists.
Why? Because I feel that we’re all largely isolated, even in the internet age. Especially with a disease that makes you want to stay away from other people. We can get on our computers and search for blogs or advice or therapies, but there’s very little sense of belonging to a greater community. We don’t know what’s going on in the big picture.
And so I would like to introduce to you the Eczema Map Project, a work in progress. It is a map of the world marking the locations of key researchers, therapy centers, and patient associations.
I’ve decided to make the map a permanent tab on this blog, so I can update it continually when I learn about new people or developments.
The items on this map are those that I consider significant–game-changers, not just good dermatologists. But please feel free to write a comment about your dermatologist if you think he or she is above average!
You can see that at present the map is a bit USA and UK-centric. This could be for a few reasons. I largely operate in English, and I live in California, so I tend to hear about developments in the USA more than anywhere else. But it is true that the USA is a very large and well-developed country with some of the best medical care in the world (for those who can afford it–an issue I have strong opinions on, but which I am not going to get into right now). So it may turn out that more of the most important sites are indeed here.
But please tell me what is missing from this map. Is there a major therapy center or a patient association I don’t know about? Leading scientists not there? Tell me, and I’ll add them. Or, if you think an item doesn’t merit being listed, let me know. Nothing is set in stone.
And have fun exploring the world map from an eczema perspective.