Sense of taste

We often have memorable smells – like toast, or coffee etc. But memorable taste – that’s much harder to define. Maybe a favourite cheese, or wine? It’s because taste is split up into 4 or 5 different subtypes – sweet, salt, bitter, sour and umami (whatever that is), so any taste is a mixture of these basic building blocks. Smell actually accounts for 70% of taste, that’s why if your nose is blocked, everything you eat tastes of cardboard. In fact if you were to cut both main taste nerves – the chordae tympani, you still would have a perfectly good sense of taste.

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Mike Dilkes MS FRCS(ORL-HNS), FRCSEd, FRCS

Mike Dilkes Health Hub @ Herne Hill is South London's private medical center. HealthHub has the resources required to run a full clinic service for the majority of medical specialities. From blood tests and prescriptions, to sports injuries and sports medicine.

Patients can book consultations, testing, procedures and surgery, including - Allergies, ENT, Male Health, Botox, Endoscopy, Laser Hair Removal, Minor Injury, Minor Operations, Vaccinations, Travel Vaccinations, Diet, Nutritional Therapy, Snoring and Sleep Apnea Monitoring, Emergency Care and other medical treatments.

Over 10 expert physicians are ready to meet with you, discuss your concerns, and provide the tests and treatments you need -- including: Medically qualified doctors and consultants in Ear Nose and Throat, Head and Neck, and Neurology; Clinical Psychology; Psychotherapy and Counseling; Sexual Psychology and Counseling; Integrative Counselling; Acupuncture; Clinical Sport and Remedial Massage Therapy; and Nutritionist.

Flexible appointments, so you'll quickly see a specialist, with minimal wait in the office.